How to choose your new Mobility Scooter

Here at Scottish Mobility Company we understand that choosing a new mobility scooter can be a big decision, especially if it’s a new experience. What types of scooter are there? What are the differences? How easy are they to use? Do I need road tax and insurance? Well, we are here to try and make this a bit easier and less daunting for you.

Some things to consider before you buy:

  • What is your height and weight?
  • What will your typical journey be?
  • Do you want to travel on roads?
  • What will the terrain be like?
  • Are there any steep hills you need to travel up/down?
  • Are there any high kerbs you need to negotiate?
  • Do you want to use the scooter in your home?
  • How/where will you store it?
  • How will you charge it?
  • Do you want to transport the scooter in your car?
  • Will you be using your scooter come rain or shine?

Types of scooter

Folding Scooters

As this suggests, these scooters fold up for easy transportation and storage. They tend to be small and  lightweight for easy lifting in and out of the boot of cars and vans. Ideal for shopping, days out and taking on holiday.

Things to think about:

  • Great for using in shopping centres and around town
  • Fold up for storage and/or transportation
  • Can be used in and around the home
  • Generally have a lower maximum user weight capacity than a large scooter
  • Have a shorter average range between battery charges, usually up to around 10 miles.


Portable Scooters (Often Called Boot Scooters)

Like folding scooters, boot scooters can be easily transported and stored, the difference being that they handily disassemble without the use of tools or special equipment. The individual parts are usually easier to lift, being individually lighter than a folding scooter. Because they are designed to be lightweight, the maximum weight they can carry and the distance they can travel before the battery needs to be recharged is generally lower than that of a larger scooter.

Things to think about:

  • Not suitable for using on the road
  • Disassembles for storage and/or transportation
  • Can often be used in and around the home
  • Generally have a lower maximum user weight capacity than a large scooter
  • Have a shorter average range that can be travelled between battery charges, usually up to around 10 miles.

Mid Range Scooters

Generally sturdier than small scooters, mid range scooters can often travel at speeds of up to 6mph. They are not designed to be folded or disassembled, which makes them more difficult to transport in a car, but not impossible.

Things to think about

  • Sometimes a Class 3 mid range scooter can be used on the road if it is taxed.
  • Most models will have a greater average range than smaller scooters, up to around 20 miles on some.
  • Mid Range scooters sometimes have a greater user weight capacity
  • Many have a wider turning circle than smaller models, so may not be suitable for use in the home


Heavy Duty Scooters

With the ability to go further between charges these are more suitable for going longer distances than the others, these scooters also have a user weight capacity of around 20 to 30 stone. Due to the size of these scooters you’ll need a secure place to store it, often under cover outside or in a garage.

Things to think about

  • If taxed can be used on roads
  • Maximum speed of 8mph on the road (4mph on a pavement)
  • Generally have larger seats and can carry more weight
  • Usually have a larger distance range, travelling further between charges – sometimes up to 25 or 30 miles
  • Requires more storage space
  • Not easily transportable due to the size


All scooters and powered wheelchairs are given a classification by the Department for Transport:

  • Class 2 products cannot be used on the road (except where there is no pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph.
  • Class 3 products must be registered with the DVLA and require road tax. They can travel up to 8mph on a road but must only be driven at a maximum 4mph on pavements. You must be over 14 years old to use a Class 3 product.

For more information on regulations, including the Highway Code please see the Government information page

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