If you’re thinking of buying or leasing a mobility scooter, here are some things to consider.
There are different types of mobility scooters / mobility assistances available, here are the different types:
Manual wheel chairs and therefore not considered as a mobility scooter.
Scooters, also known as powered wheelchairs or mobility scooter with 3 or 4 wheels that are intended for payment use with a maximum speed of 4 mph.
Scooters with 4 wheels and a top speed of 8mph. All class 3 scooters are fitted with lights, direction indicators, hazard warning lights, a horn and also have an internally or externally fitted rear view mirror. All class 3 mobility scooters must be registered with the DVLA.
Before buying or leasing a mobility scooter, please consider the following:
- Can you drive a mobility scooter safely without causing danger to yourself, anyone else or your home
- Can you use and keep it in good condition
- Can you sort out and afford break down cover
- Can you arrange insurance to cover personal injury to user, damage to internal and external areas, possible injuries to others
- You would need to arrange an annual PAT (Portable Appliance Test) on the charging equipment and provide us with a copy
- You need a suitable area available to charge the mobility scooter
(Please note that charging a mobility scooter in any part of the communal areas, corridors or stairwell in our flats is strictly forbidden due to fire safety.
- You need to have appropriate lighting on the scooters and be extra careful in the dark, use a reflective jacket or place reflective bands in obvious places on the scooter
There are many Fire Safety challenges that Mobility scooters can cause due to
- Causing obstruction in a communal area – this is why we don’t allow you to park them in our communal areas
- Blocking escape routes in customers property
- Inappropriate charging
If you have a mobility scooter and need a safe place to store it, take a look at the below Frequently Asked Questions.
What is a scooter store?
A safe place to store and charge mobility scooters.
Who can apply for a scooter store?
- Tenants living in sheltered housing or general flat who share communal areas and hallways
- A Tenant with a Class 2 or Class 3 mobility scooter
- A Tenant that don’t have a suitable area to keep and charge a mobility scooter
How do I apply for a scooter store?
You can apply for a scooter store by completing an application form.
We will then assess your application, and we will be in contact with you shortly with a decision.
Can I store other things in the scooter store?
Do I have to pay for the scooter store?
Yes. The price is £72 a year
You will receive a key to your scooter store, if you loose it you would need to pay for any extra copies.
If you’ve read through the above and believe that you can use a mobility scooter, safely, without obstructing communal areas or causing a fire hazard, and would like more information, please contact us.