Specialists in Mobility and Disability Scooters in Horley | DVLA Advice

At Crest Care, we have supplied mobility scooters and disability scooters to many clients in the Horley area. Amongst all the items we provide, such as riser chairs and walking frames, scooters and electric wheelchairs remain the most popular choice with our customers.


We try and provide every customer with as much advice as possible, which is why on this page we’re looking at the rules and regulations for taking mobility scooters out on the road. For any information about our other mobility products like riser chairs or walking aids, do not hesitate to contact us on 01293 440750. We are based in Crawley, close to Horley.


Advice for Taking Mobility Scooters on the Road


While you don’t need a licence to drive electric wheelchairs or disability scooters, anything classified as a Class 3 invalid carriage has to be registered.


There are two categories of invalid carriages:


Class 2 Invalid Carriages – These cannot be used on the road unless there is no pavement available and must have a maximum speed of 4MPH.


Class 3 Invalid Carriages – You can use these but only if they have a maximum speed of 8MPH (or 4MPH off the road).


Class 3 mobility scooters for use on roads in and around Horley (and the rest of the UK) must have the following features -


  • A horn
  • A maximum speed of 8mph
  • A maximum unloaded weight of 150kg
  • A maximum width of 0.85m
  • A rear view mirror
  • A speed limit of 4mph
  • Efficient Brakes
  • Front and rear lights or reflectors
  • Indicators that also operates as a hazard warning signal


You could be stopped by the police if any Class 3 disability scooters you use don’t have these features. You can’t use mobility scooters in bus and cycle lanes. It is safer to avoid using dual carriageways that have a speed limit of over 50mph and you must not enter any motorway. Use your highway code on all roads to ensure safety.


All normal parking controls apply to electric wheelchairs and disability scooters. You should do no more that 4MPH on any pavement. There is no legal requirement for eyesight but users in Horley should be able to read a registration plate from 40 feet. If you can’t, this could be brought into dispute if you have an accident.


If you are not disabled, you can only drive mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs around if you’re demonstrating the product before a sale. You can also use them if you are training someone or taking the vehicle somewhere close by for maintenance checks.


You don’t have to pay vehicle tax on disability scooters but you still need to register Class 3 invalid vehicles with the DVLA. It is also recommended you get insurance, although this is not compulsory.


We hope that the above information has been of use but potential customers can feel free to call us at any time to ask further questions about any of the models we supply.


As well as selling electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, we also have a wide range of riser chairs, walking frames and mobility aids for sale. If you come from Horley or the surrounding local area, why not visit our premises in West Sussex? Staff in our shop will be only too happy to advise you on the items we have for sale and offer demonstrations on riser chairs and other quality products.


(Details supplied by the DVLA)

Clients in Horley can call Crest Care on 01293 440 750 to arrange home visits. We are here to discuss the benefits of mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and riser chairs.

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