If you’re new to driving a mobility scooter or you are simply unsure of the rules around where one can be used, we’re here to help. A mobility scooter is a handy item that can increase your range of travel and ensure you can keep up with everyday tasks.
But where exactly you are allowed to use your mobility scooter varies from country to country, and some countries have different rules about whether electric scooters are legal at all. If this is something that you are unsure of, read on to find out more.
Are electric scooters legal in Europe?
Generally, electric scooters are legal in Europe. However, there are different regulations across these countries that determine how freely and in which areas they can be used. To make sure you are not get caught out by these variations, here is a rundown of the rules:
In Belgium, mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs are legal and most areas are wheelchair friendly. In fact, users of these vehicles are regarded as either pedestrians or cyclists depending on the speed at which they travel. However, it’s worth noting that an electric scooter can’t be parked in an area where it obstructs other pedestrians and road users.
You can freely use a mobility scooter in the Netherlands and can even rent one out if you are looking to travel there for a holiday or short break. The Netherlands is very mobility friendly.
In the UK, you are free to ride a mobility scooter. It can be used in different areas depending on the vehicle classification. Class one refers to any mobility vehicle that can be powered manually and has no electrical components, while class two refers to vehicles that can travel only on the pavement and not on the road. And finally, class three vehicles are those which can travel on the road. You can find out which class your vehicle is by checking with the seller when you purchase one.
It is perfectly legal to ride your mobility scooter on the pavement, and this is, in fact, where you are generally expected to ride one. A Class 2 vehicle should only be driven on the pavement and kept to a maximum of 4mph; they can only be driven on the road if there is no pavement available. A Class 3 vehicle can be driven on the pavement too, but must also be kept to 4mph. These machines can also be driven on the road with a cap of 8mph.
Where to get wheelchairs
Offering great freedom, a power wheelchair or scooter is a great option for anyone who needs mobility assistance. Here at ComfyGo Mobility, we provide a wide range of folding wheelchairs, smaller wheelchairs, mobility fold-up scooters and more. We pride ourselves on our high-quality, long-lasting items designed for ease and comfort, so make sure to browse our selection today.
Our team is always happy to help find the best fit for you, so don’t hesitate to call or contact us for advice.