There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to road and pavement rules for mobility scooters. To sum things up we have collated some information from the Highway Code and created a list of 11 rules.
When you are on the road you should obey the guidance and rules for other vehicles; when on the pavement you must obey rules and guidance’s set out for pedestrians.
- Pavements should be used when they are available as they’re safer than the roads. Give pedestrians priority and show consideration to pavement users, especially those with visual or hearing impairments that may not be aware you are there.
- You must not travel faster than 4 mph on pavements or in pedestrian areas.
- You may need to reduce your speed to adjust to other pavement users as they may not be able to move out of your way quick enough or when the pavement becomes narrow.
- Take extra care when moving off pavements onto the road. Always look around to ensure it is safe to join the traffic. Try to use dipped kerbs even if it means travelling a bit further.
If you have to climb or descend a kerb, always approach at a right angle and don’t negotiate a kerb higher than the vehicles manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Take care when travelling on roads as your vehicle most likely will be travelling much slower than other traffic.
- Class 3 vehicles must travel in the direction of the traffic. Class 2 users must always use the pavement when it is available. If you are travelling at night when lights must be used, all mobility users must travel in the direction of the traffic to avoid confusing other road users.
- You must follow the road rules for using lights, indicators and horns if your vehicle is fitted with them. At night, lights must be used. Make yourself more visible at all times by wearing a reflective jacket or put reflective strips on the back of the vehicle.
- Be careful at junctions. When going straight ahead make sure there are no vehicles about to cross your path from the left, the right, or overtaking you and turning left. If it is too dangerous to move into the middle of the road, you can:
Stop of the left of the road and wait for a safe gap in the traffic for you to manoeuvre into.
Negotiate as a pedestrian by using pavements and crossings where it is safe to do so (class 3 users must switch the vehicle to a lower speed when on pavements).
If the junction is too dangerous, consider an alternative route.
- Observe parking restrictions. Do not leave the vehicle unattended if it obstructs other pedestrians. Parking concessions provided under the blue badge scheme will apply to those vehicles displaying a valid badge.
- You must not use a mobility scooter on motorways. They shouldn’t be used on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph. If you use your mobility scooter on any dual carriageway you must use a flashing amber beacon.