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There is no legal requirement for mobility scooters to be taxed or insured, but they are subject to various rules and regulations the most important of which we’ve listed below.
There are two categories of mobility scooter. Class 2 mobility scooters have a maximum speed of 4 mph and are not entitled to be used on the road, except where there isn’t a pavement. This type of mobility scooter does not need to be registered. Class 3 mobility scooters have a maximum speed of 8mph and can be used on the road. They also have a speed setting of 4 mph for use of pavements. You must be 14 or over to drive a class 3.
Class 3 mobility scooters need to be registered with the DVLA. To register a class 3 mobility scooter, complete form V55/4 for new vehicles, or V55/5 for used vehicles.
You risk a fine if your class 3 mobility scooter exceeds 150 kg (without you on it) or is wider than 85 cm. It also needs a speed setting for 4 mph (for pavements and other off-road areas) and a top speed limited to 8 mph. Furthermore, it needs working brakes, lights front and rear, indicators, hazard lights, a horn and a rear view mirror.