Staying safe with a Powered Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter

Lisa Walton Personal Injury Solicitor Stroud

Powered Wheelchairs and Scooters

The use of mobility scooters has increased in recent years, and so indeed has the problem of incidents involving one. Here are a few facts you might not know, and how to keep safe when using one.

Did you know there are 3 classes of wheelchair?

The manual wheelchair that is not electronically powered but pushed by another person or by the user themselves.

Class 2 mobility scooters are not suitable for use on roads. It includes powered wheelchairs, folding scooters and mid weight scooters

The third class is suitable for road use. This class also needs to be registered. It is more powerful and has a longer range

Motorised wheelchairs have speed limits

For use on a pavement the speed limit is 4mph or pedestrian areas with speed being adjusted depending on other pavement users or if pavement is narrow.

Only class 3 scooters can be used on the road and the speed limit for them is 8mph and the scooter must travel in the direction of the traffic not against it.

What about insurance for your powered wheelchair?

It is not a legal requirement to have insurance but it is highly recommended by the Department of Transport.

What happens if you are involved in an accident with a mobility scooter?

It is possible you may be able to make a claim against the driver of the mobility scooter if the incident was not your fault. Here at WSP Solicitors we have expertise in handing injury claims involving all types of motorised vehicles, bicycles and run claims concerning accidents at work or slips and trips in a public place. If we can be of assistance in helping you consider whether it would be worth you considering making a claim please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Get in touch with our Personal Injury team today.

More information

Gloucestershire Lifestyles have launched a new guide for further information on staying safe with your powered wheelchair or scooter:

www.gloslifestyles.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Basic-Guide-to-Mobility-scooters-wheelchairs.pdf

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