Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions


The ability to use a mobility scooter provides independence. There will always be questions you need answering when looking for a suitable mobility scooter, so here are some answers to frequently asked questions about mobility scooters.

Do I need a driving license for my mobility scooter?
You do not need a driving license for your mobility scooter.

Can a mobility scooter be ridden outside?
Yes, most scooters are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Some higher speed scooters are particularly well equipped for outdoor use.

How much does it cost to run a mobility scooter?
Mobility scooters are extraordinarily cheap to run. Charging the battery overnight will cost you about 20 cents.

How long will a set of batteries last?
Given daily charging and normal average use, batteries normally last 18 months to two years. If neglected, and allowed to become entirely or nearly depleted, batteries will have a shorter life span. Fully charge new batteries overnight before use and never run them until they are completely flat. Always ensure you switch the battery off when the mobility scooter is not in use so it’s ready for when you next want to use it. Use the manufacturer’s recommended batteries to give the best performance.

How far can I go on a full charge of the batteries?
This depends on a number of factors including the model of scooter, its type of battery, your weight and the outside temperature and the terrain, but you can expect a range of twenty miles plus with most scooters.

Where can I store my mobility scooter?
Firstly you have to check the space in your home to accommodate a mobility scooter. If you live in an apartment, check you are not blocking any fire escape routes. If you live in a house then the mobility scooter should be stored outside the house preferably in a garage, or have an adequate cover to protect it from the weather. Also consider routes accessible into your home such as using ramps for easy access.

How do I clean my mobility scooter?
There is no need to go out and buy expensive chemicals to clean your mobility scooter as wiping over with a cloth and washing up liquid with warm water will do the trick.

How fast will it go?
Every scooter has varying speeds of 4/8/10 mph, sometimes faster. It’s important to decrease the speed depending on ground conditions and when you are near others to avoid any collisions.

What is the maximum weight allowed to ride a scooter?
Depending on the size and type of mobility scooter the maximum weight carrying capacity or weight limit can range from 70kg up to 250kg. All models listed on our site will show a scooter’s maximum weight limit depending and some are classified as heavy duty.

What’s the maintenance like for a mobility scooter?
It’s important to regularly maintain your mobility scooter to ensure it works to it’s full capability. You will need to make regular checks of the tyres, lights, batteries and accessories.

My mobility scooter doesn’t work straight away – what’s wrong?
Your mobility scooter has a slight delay between turning the scooter on, and moving when you pull the lever. This is a safety feature to ensure that the scooter doesn’t move if you accidentally pull the lever, whilst getting on for example.

I have a steep driveway, can I ride my mobility scooter up and down it?
Most mobility scooters have a recommended maximum safe gradient angle of 12 degrees, and it is advisable not to exceed this.

Is my scooter road legal?
As a device intended to provide pedestrian mobility your scooter should be used on pedestrian pathways such as sidewalks, crosswalks, footpaths, etc. When no sidewalk is available, you may use the roadway as any other pedestrian would.

Do I need to insure my scooter?
No. Insurance is not required by law. However, there is always the possibility of an accident or theft so insuring a mobility scooter against theft and accidental damage liability is relatively inexpensive and advisable.