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A Guide to the Different Mobility Scooter Classes

Do you know the different types of mobility scooter classes? We understand that when you’re looking for a mobility scooter, it may be difficult to differentiate between them and to decide which one is right for you.

Here’s a helpful guide detailing each class, what scooters are included, and what type would be best for your needs.

Mobility Scooter Classes Definitions

Class 1 – Non-electric wheelchairs

Class 2 – Powered wheelchairs and pavement scooters

Class 3 – Powered wheelchairs and road scooters

All About Class 2 Mobility Scooters

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, class 2 mobility scooters are used on all pavements and footpaths. Whilst they are suitable to use pedestrian and zebra crossings, they are not permitted for travel along the road.

With a top speed of 4mph, they are slightly faster than walking which is why they are restricted to pavement use. Generally, they have a range between 9-25 miles – with some exceptions of up to 35 miles – and a compact battery that provides sufficient power.

Class 2 mobility scooters are both smaller in size and lighter in weight when compared to class 3 mobility scooters. Due to this, they are easy to store and easier to transport. With a general capacity between 120-170kg (18.9-26.7 stone), they are not suitable for users above this weight and easily portable for wherever you’d like to go.

Although it is recommended, insurance for your pavement scooter is not required. You also do not need to register it with the DVLA.

Perfect for: those either travelling regular short distances or less regular long days out.

All About Class 3 Mobility Scooters

Commonly known as road scooters, class 3 mobility scooters can travel up to 8mph and are designed to be used on the roads. Road scooters can be used on dual carriageways with speeds below 50mph – flashing amber lights must be fitted – but cannot be used in cycle lanes, bus lanes, or motorways. They are able to travel on pavements too but must have a way to limit the speed to 4mph which is normally achieved using a switch.

Due to their higher speed, they are also larger, more durable and travel further than class 2 mobility scooters. Generally, they have a range between 20-36 miles at 8mpg and have a capacity between 136-220kg (21.4-34.6 stone). They are not suitable for any users beyond this weight and aren’t suitable for being transported in cars or trains.

To be recognised as a class 3 mobility scooter, it must have headlights, rear lights and indicators; horn; rear view mirror; and emergency hand brakes. Enclosed mobility scooters can often be mistaken due to their look, but they are not always class 3.

Although it does not require an MOT and is not subject to road tax, it must be registered with the DVLA. You can do this by completing a V55/4 form if you’re buying a new mobility scooter, or a V55/4 form if you’re buying a second-hand model. Insurance is not mandatory for class 3 mobility scooters, but it is strongly recommended.

Perfect for: those travelling long distances regularly.

Mobility Scooter Classes: Which One is Right for Me?

If you’re still wondering which mobility scooter class is best for you, get in touch with us today and we’d be more than happy to help you decide. We also offer free home demonstrations and have our own showroom, so you can experience our mobility scooters first-hand!

Visit Our Showroom

All it takes is one trip to our showroom to experience and discover the 100+ reconditioned scooters in stock today. If you would prefer a free home demonstration, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, our team members are always happy to help and advise.

Mr Barrett

From start to finish, the service has been fantastic. From ensuring the reconditioned scooter I purchased was in top condition, to the great delivery experience through to dealing with helpful lady on the phone. I was most grateful for the non pushy sales approach - you gave me time to think. Extra information and assistance was immediately on hand. I cannot fault East Coast Mobility!

Audrey Wandsworth

Thank you so much for coming to my aid at Beccles Medical Centre. I wish we had more local businesses, and not just the internet for service.

Robert Smith

Just received my Cabin Car back after work done. The service I got was exceptional.

Not only was the work done to a brilliant standard they collected and delivered it too.

Well done East Coast Mobility! I thoroughly recommend them to anyone with mobility scooter problems.

Thank you to all the staff for a first class experience.

Caroline Long

Absolutely brilliant service, while she was very poorly my Mum's stair lift stopped working and got stuck in a doorway in a really awkward place so I called round a few places but most couldn't help very quickly.

East Coast Mobility not only told me how to move it so it wasn't in the way anymore but they also came out the following day and got it fixed with new batteries! Such a relief and all done sooo quickly.

Vinnie Harris

Great people who are very helpful. Reasonably priced and great variety of products. Highly recommend these people. Great to support a family business.

Jane Walker

I recently needed to purchase a recliner chair for my mother, I contacted East Coast Mobility having dealt with them before, our needs were sorted over the phone, efficiently, with compassion and delivered within 48 hours.

Despite my mother not keen on a recliner chair she absolutely loves it!


It all worked out well in the end.
Easy Access Ramp is pucker!

Love Lynda

Karen Neil

I can't thank Grant and everyone enough at East Coast Mobility for their fantastic help in installing my stairlifts and at an affordable price beating several others I had round.

Giving me back some desperately needed independence for which I thank them with all my heart, they honestly went above and beyond.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending them to anyone that needs help or advice, they really do care.

Paul Green

I feel I must write and say a huge thank you for the service my wife and I received last week when we came to look at new scooters.

We were both very pleased with how comfortable and reliable they are and were pleasantly surprised at the professional approach we received from Grant.

Malcolm Lyell

Excellent service. We needed an engineer late in afternoon to fix my father's stairlift as he could not have got to toilet or bed that night. They left the workshop and attended within 30 mins - fault fixed!

Very helpful and knowledgeable.

Chris Bartlett

A very pleasant place to go for your mobility equipment. Staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful.

I've used them for several years now and they have always accommodated all my disability needs.

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