Mobility Scooter Top tips
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:
CLASS 1: Manual wheel chairs and therefore not considered as a mobility scooter.
CLASS 2: 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.
CLASS 3: 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:
- Do you have the ability to drive a mobility scooter safely without causing danger to yourself or anyone else
- Do you have the ability to drive a mobility scooter safely without causing damage to your home
- Can you use and keep it in good condition as the manufacture’s instructions shows
- Can you make sure that you have appropriate arrangements in place in case of breakdown
- Can you arrange insurance to cover personal injury to user, damage to internal and external areas, possible injuries to others
- Would you make sure that you arrange an annual PAT (Portable Appliance Test) on the charging equipment and provide us with a copy of the test document
- Do you have 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.
- During hours of darkness scooter users should have appropriate lighting on the scooters and be extra careful, use a reflective jacket or place reflective bands in prominent places on the scooter
There are many Fire Safety challenges that Mobility scooters can cause due to:
- Causing obstruction in a communal area – which you should not do
- Blocking escape routes in customers property – which you should not do
- Inappropriate charging – which isn’t needed
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 place to safely store and charge customers mobility scooters.
Who can apply for a scooter store?
Customers must meet the following criteria before being considered for a scooter store:
- Adra customer living in sheltered housing or general flats whoshare communal areas and hallways
- A customer with a Class 2 or Class 3 mobility scooter (please refer to the Mobility Scooter for more information) (link)
- No alternative suitable area to keep and charge the mobility scooter
How do I apply for a scooter store?
You can apply for a scooter store by completing this application form (link), os contact us (link)
Once we receive your completed application form, it will be assessed, and we will be in contact with you shortly with a decision.
Can I store other things in the skills store?
The only thing to be stored here is your mobility scooter. Failure to keep to this agreement could result in losing the scooter store.We hold the right to undertake spot checks on the scooter store at any time to inspect its contents and condition.
Do I have to pay for the scooter store?
- As part of the agreement, you would need to pay £52 annual personal charge for the use of the store
- As part of the agreement you would receive a key for the scooter store
- Customers will be expected to pay for any additional keys, if any keys are broken, lost or if a change of locks is required
- Any damage caused to the scooter store that’s not deemed to be a result of fair wear and tear could be recharged to the tenant
- You must ensure that the mobility scooter charging equipment is PAT tested (Portable Appliance Test) annually and a certificate provided as proof.
- Appropriate insurance cover must be arranged to cover any damage to our buildings or injury to other people who use our sites.
If you’ve read through the above and believe that you can use a mobility scooter, safely, without obstructing communal areas, without causing fire hazard, and would like more information about the possibility of using a designated scooter store, please contact us by phoning 0300 123 8084, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media: @adrataicyf