Here at Pro Rider Mobility, we often get asked this question, so here is the inside information.
Class 2 mobility scooters are usually smaller and lighter than their class 3 counterparts. They can still be used inside and outside and are usually more manoeuvrable in tight spaces. There are some legal requirements to consider before purchasing a class 2 or class 3 mobility scooter. Firstly, a class 2 scooter has a top speed of 4mph (6.4 kph). This is just slightly faster than walking pace and may make a difference if you want to travel longer distances (to the supermarket for example).
And while class 2 mobility scooters can be used on the pavements (and when crossing roads), they cannot be driven on a road. Also, it is not a requirement to insure or tax a class 2 scooter, but we would highly recommend getting insurance for yourself and your scooter anyway.
One final consideration for a class 2 scooter is its portability. Due to its lighter weight and smaller size, class 2 scooters can be easily dismantled and re-assembled in a short amount of time. Ideal for holiday travel in the UK.
Class 3 mobility scooters are generally larger and more robust. They have a legal top speed of 8mph (12.8kph), this is twice as fast as the class 2 scooter and certainly a consideration if you want to travel quickly from a to b. A speed of 8mph is a good running pace.
But, the main difference between class 3 and class 2 mobility scooters is that you can legally drive a class 3 scooter on the road. But, unlike a car, you don’t need a driving licence (although you should always abide by the highway code when using your scooter). It is also important to remember that class 3 mobility scooters are not allowed in cycle lanes, bus lanes, and on the motorway (but why would you want to anyway :).
It is a legal requirement to register your class 3 scooter, and you will need to display a “nill duty” tax disc. Registration is done by completing a V55/5 (for used vehicles) or V55/4 (for new vehicles) form (available at your local post office).
A final consideration is that usually class 3 mobility scooters have larger wheels than their class 2 counterparts. This means a class 3 scooter is better adept at moving over uneven ground and getting up steeper kerbs.
So, if it is pottering around your local area and to the local shops, then a class 2 scooter would suit perfectly. If you want to travel faster and further, then class 3 is the way to go.
If you want any more details about our class 2 mobility scooters or class 3 mobility scooters, please call us on 01604 813428 or visit our mobility website.