The rules for mobility scooters on the road are the same for motorists; however, there are some cautionary rules which apply specifically to mobility scooter (or invalid carriage) users. So you should begin by familiarising yourself with the most pertinent rules which apply.
On the road
Take good care when travelling on the road; remember that your vehicle is travelling far slower than most of the traffic and that you might not be visible to other motorists. Be sure to wear something highly visible (and reflective) when travelling in your mobility scooter.
Class III vehicles (three-wheeled vehicles) have to travel in the direction of the traffic. Class II (powered wheelchair) drivers should always use the pavement when available and if there’s no pavement they should use extreme caution on the road.
Class II vehicles are also required to travel in the direction of the traffic. At night you obviously have to travel with your lights on.
According to Law UICHR 1988 reg 9, you’re required to follow the same rules about using lights, indicators and horns that apply to other motorists.
When approaching road junctions make sure that there are no vehicles on your path, or about to overtake you from the left or the right.
If it is difficult or dangerous to turn right, you can stop on the left hand side of the road and wait for a safe gap in the traffic. In this case it’s permissible for you to act like a pedestrian, so you can travel along the pavement and cross between the pavements if it’s safe to do so. Class 3 users must switch their vehicles to the slower speed when on pavements. If the junction feels too unsafe or dangerous you should reconsider the move and find an alternative route for safety’s sake.
Parking restrictions which apply to motorists also apply to mobility scooters or other Invalid Carriages. If you have the Blue Badge, the parking concessions apply to your vehicle under the scheme, but remember that your vehicle shouldn’t ever obstruct traffic or pedestrians.
You are not permitted to use the motorways or unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50mph. If you have no choice but to use your vehicle on dual carriageways, you must have a flashing amber beacon.
Mobility scooter uses are advised to go for regular eye exams, as their vision needs to be good enough to read a car’s registration number from a distance of 12.3 metres (40 ft). If there’s an accident as a result of your poor eyesight you may well have to pay compensation.
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