Taking Mobility Scooters on Public Transport

Mobility scooters are great and all, but sometimes you need help getting that little bit further on your journey. For example, you have family or friends in the next town over but it’s too far to go on a single charge, that shouldn’t stop you from socialising. At least, we think so.

But what happens if you get to the train station or bus stop with your mobility scooter and the driver says no? Are they allowed to refuse? How do you get anywhere otherwise, especially if you don’t have relatives or friends you can rely on to drive you?

Playing by the rules

The truth is, the legal framework for taking mobility scooters on public transport is pretty darn confusing, with way too many variables which differ across the country. Whether or not you’re allowed to take your mobility scooter on the bus or train depends on what class of invalid carriage you’re using, where you live and the company operating the service.

Class 3 scooters are, unfortunately, not allowed on public transport on account of their higher speed and usually, increased weight and size. Only Class 2 scooters may be taken onto trains and buses, and your vehicle must be less than 60cm wide and 100cm long. The combined weight of the scooter and its user also should not be more than the safe working load of the ramp used to board the bus, which is usually 300kg.

However, final decision is largely left up to the driver’s judgement, leading to many mobility scooter users, particularly in the capital, feeling discriminated against or disadvantaged. The guidelines being given to drivers are also pretty inconsistent with what’s being told to users, suggesting that anything with handlebars isn’t allowed on.

Some councils and bodies, including Transport for London, have begun rolling out permit schemes to regularise the use of mobility vehicles on public transport. Information about this is available in your area will be available through your local council.

The best thing to do, if a tad inconvenient, is to make your train or bus company aware that you will be needing assistance at least 24 hours before you plan to travel, or contact the company in question to ask about their mobility scooter policy.

Wild & Wacky

At Wild & Wacky, we will give you a full product demonstration of whichever mobility scooter we provide that catches your eye, which includes informing you whether it is suitable for use on public transport and showing you how to safely get on and off of trains and buses if so.

Mobility Scooter Accessories

Your mobility aid is about a lot more than simply getting you from A to B. We believe that no scooter is complete without a bit of customisation, whether for convenience or style. To this end, we offer a wide range of handy, top of the range and suitably wacky mobility scooter accessories to complement or enhance your lifestyle.

We’ve made a conscious effort to provide add-ons that are a perfect fit for almost any shape and size of scooter so that you never feel limited whether you’re using a small Class 2 carriage or one of the upgraded, superfast machines available through Wild & Wacky. All of our mobility scooter accessories are designed to make you as comfortable as possible, all the while injecting an element of personality into your day-to-day life.

Stay out of the rain

Nobody likes getting caught unawares in bad weather, but the inconvenience is even worse when you’re using a mobility scooter. Having a robust and ready-to-use canopy on hand to weather-proof your vehicle can be a lifesaver.

We provide canopies so quick and easy to set up, you’ll barely even feel a drop of rain on your skin before you find yourself fully covered and weather-proofed, ready to continue going about your day.

Putting More Power In Mobility Scooters

Whatever your reason is for having to use a mobility aid, your scooter becomes as integral to your life as a standard car is to the life of an able-bodied person. Making your mobility scooter fit your personality is often overlooked by manufacturers, and everyone winds up with the exact same product.

There are all manner of tricks and tips you can make use of to create a custom mobility scooter. Most people will stick to applying a fresh coat of paint, or getting a new seat covering that’s more to their taste, but there are definitely others who are after a little more “oomph”. After all, not everyone is content with a standard mobility scooter to get them from A to B, with a maximum speed of just 8mph.

Putting some more power in your scooter can be really useful for off-road adventures like camping, where you’ll be dealing with rough terrain. Alternatively, it can also just make owning a mobility scooter really, really fun.

Those with the technical skill can customer their scooter in all manner of ways. British inventor and internet personality Colin Furze, for example, broke the world record for the fastest mobility scooter back in 2010 by swapping an electric motor for a small motorcycle engine, reaching a top speed of 71.59 mph. To make the machine run with that kind of power, he had to build most of it from scratch, including the axle, disc brake, exhaust, sprocket carrier and gear shift system.

His record has since been beaten twice, by British mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine in 2016, who reached a top speed of 107.6 mph, and German Sven Ohler a year later, achieving a whopping 112 mph.

Obviously, most mobility scooter users don’t need to go quite that fast. But for some people, a bit of extra power wouldn’t go amiss. If you don’t have the skillset to customise your mobility scooter at home, there are modified models available that pack just the punch you’re looking for.

The Black Viper is a dynamic, superfast and streamlined machine, available through Wild & Wacky. This scooter goes into our workshop for extensive customisation, where we not only black out the sturdy bodywork and wheels, but replace the motor and drive gear to upgrade the maximum speed to 16mph, double that of most mobility aids on the market. The power of this bad to the bone model is even enough to beat some petrol scooters off the line.

Are Mobility Scooters Road Legal?

For those who suffer with reduced or impaired mobility or have a disability, aids such as a mobility scooter allow them to remain comfortably independent and lead a normal life in spite of their condition. However, many new mobility scooter users may not even consider whether their vehicle is allowed on the road before they head outside.

Mobility scooters usually fall into one of two categories. Class 2 vehicles are generally smaller and less powerful, designed for indoor and limited outdoor use. These scooters are not allowed to be used on the road unless there is no pavement, or of course if you need to cross the street, and are restricted to 4mph. Class 3 scooters, on the other hand, have a longer distance range, are more powerful and are not designed for indoor use. They are restricted to 4mph on the pavement, but can go up to 8mph on the road.

If you have a Class 3 scooter, you must register it with the DVLA by completing a V55/4 form for a new scooter or a V55/5 form for a used one. As they are allowed on the road, they cannot be driven by someone under 14 years of age, and you must always use your lights, indicators and horns according to the Highway Code. A Class 3 scooter cannot be driven on the motorway, and should only be driven on a dual carriageway with a visible flashing amber light.

It’s important to choose the right vehicle for you. When operating a Class 3 vehicle, you need to be able to do all the manoeuvres you’ll be using adequately, such as reversing, negotiating curbs and turning safely, so you must be comfortable.

Although more akin to a miniature car than a mobility scooter, the Scooterpac Cabin Car from Wild & Wacky Mobility falls under Class 3 regulations for mobility products. With a maximum speed of 8mph, it can get you 35 miles from a single charge, and get you there in style with its in-car heater, windscreen wipers and remote central locking. Unfortunately, the Tandem MPV is left out of the fun, as the British Government does not yet make provisions for two-person mobility scooters, but it can be used on public highways without the rear seat in place.

The Black Viper from our SuperFast range, meanwhile, is upgraded in our workshop to a massive 16mph, with enough torque to beat some petrol scooters off the line. It’s more like a motorcycle than a mobility scooter and is perfect for younger mobility scooter users or those frustrated with the lack of charactful scooters out there in the market today.

Do Mobility Scooters Need Insurance?

If you suffer with reduced or impaired mobility that requires you to use a mobility scooter to retain control over your day-to-day life, you may be wondering how the UK government regulates these vehicles on public highways and whether you need insurance in order to safely operate your mobility aid.

Having insurance cover for your mobility aid is not a legal requirement. However, the DVLA have issued the following statement strongly recommending it:

“Although it is not a legal requirement, it is strongly advised to have mobility scooter insurance. Suitable schemes are not too expensive and are available to cover your personal safety, other people’s safety and the value of the vehicle.”

After all, mobility aids often have a significant impact on your independence if you suffer with a condition or illness which affects your ability to get around. Should it get damaged or stolen, insurance would protect this valuable and sometimes essential self-sufficiency.

You may be the best driver in the world, but you still run the risk of being involved in an accident. Should a negligence claim arise against you from the use of your mobility vehicle, if you have damaged property or injured a pedestrian, insuring your mobility scooter will relieve the financial strain of this innocent but costly mistake. In cases such as these, you can never be too cautious. Some insurance will also include mobility scooter breakdown cover, so you’ll be able to get home safely should your vehicle let you down unexpectedly.

It’s important to note that the only person insured to drive your mobility scooter is the person named on the insurance policy schedule. Other people may move your scooter for you with your permission, but if they drive it, they are breaking your policy.

For all of Wild & Wacky’s products, mobility scooter insurance is available from a wide range of specialist providers. Whether you are interested in our luxury Cabin Car, with its fully secure remote central locking, reversing camera and sensors to help you park safely and toughened glass windows, our two-seater Tandem scooter, perfect for adding an extra pair of eyes and ears to your driving or the motorbike-like Black Viper, with its attractive, streamlined and blacked-out bodywork a potential draw for thieves.

When it comes to getting insurance, protecting your property and, by extension, your independence, should always be the first priority.

How Fast Can a Mobility Scooter Go?

A standard mobility scooter might be suitable for someone living at a slower pace, such as a retiree, but if you’re a busy working professional or just a busy individual with a lot of energy, having a faster model of mobility scooter might be a better fit for your lifestyle. But how fast can your mobility scooter actually go?

The short answer to this is “however fast you like”. You may have seen headlines about people who race mobility scooters, which tells you everything you need to know. The current record-holder for top speed is Sven Ohler, who raced his mobility scooter at 112mph at the DEKRA Test Oval racetrack in Germany in May 2017. Impressive as this is, it’s likely not practical for your day-to-day life. Unless you’re Sven, that is.

Most mobility aids in the UK fall into two categories. Those in Class 2 are restricted to 4mph, whereas if you own a Class 3 scooter, you can go up to 4mph on the pavement and 8mph on the road. However, by replacing the motor and drive gear, machines such as Wild & Wacky’s Black Viper model is upgraded to a massive 16mph, with enough torque to beat some petrol scooters off the line.

This should go without saying, but we’re going to anyway: it’s not safe to go this speed on the pavement. At 16mph, you will be travelling four times faster than standard walking pace and at least twice as fast as most other mobility scooters. This is the only time we’ll ever encourage you to follow the crowd. In this case, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

Nonetheless, the Black Viper is a superfast alternative to the “granny scooter” that most people associate with mobility products. It’s dynamic and eye-catching, more akin to a motorbike than a mobility scooter and really takes things to the next level. Its sturdy body work makes it not only suitable for the road, but for outdoor adventures and bumpy terrain.

Freedom and independence are paramount with the Black Viper. The super comfortable seat and impressive speed will make getting around easier and safer than ever, whether you’re leaving your friends struggling far behind on their bikes on an outing or efficiently going about your busy life.

Mobility Scooters for Young Adults

There are over 13 million disabled people in the UK, and approximately 6.5 million of them deal with impaired mobility. These numbers represent a diverse range of backgrounds, personalities and ages, so why do most mobility aids look as though they were made for the same person?

Your options can feel particularly sparse if you are a young adult who requires a mobility scooter. A number of conditions can cause a young person to need a mobility scooter, the majority of which are degenerative. These include multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and motor neurone disease. Losing the ability to move around independently can be extremely frustrating when you’re trying to establish yourself as an individual.

Trying to find a scooter that accurately reflects you can be almost as infuriating. Most designs don’t take your social life into consideration, making it even more difficult to enjoy the things you did prior to losing your mobility, like trips to the pub or adventures in the outdoors. A mobility scooter might be a primarily functional device, made for safely getting you from A to B, but so is a car. Finding the right car to match our lifestyle and sense of originality is common practice, but why should it be any different as a young adult choosing a mobility scooter?

At Wild and Wacky, we’re always trying to create modern, dynamic mobility aids that reflect the individual in you. We wanted to build a mobility scooter for young adults that is exciting, stylish and an asset to your life, rather than a concession. The Black Viper is a slick and powerful machine, more akin to a motorbike than a mobility scooter. With a top speed of 16 mph to impress your mates with, it’s extra fast and extra fun, giving you the freedom to enjoy your life as a young person with all the safety of the highest-quality traditional mobility aids.

The Black Viper’s design reflects attitude and independence, with chrome plated handlebars, blacked out bodywork and a super comfortable seat. This mean-looking scooter is based on a rock-solid platform and every one goes into our workshop for extensive customisation so it feels as much like you as possible.