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What’s the difference between a class 2 and class 3 mobility scooter?

If you’re new to the world of mobility scooters, you may be confused about just what the different classes mean. Class 1 relates to manual wheelchairs. By law, any powered wheelchair or mobility scooter needs to be classified as either Class 2 or Class 3 depending on the size, power of the model, and where it is to be used. It is important you know the difference when purchasing a mobility scooter so you can understand your legal obligations and operate the equipment safely.
In this article, we will discuss the major differences between Class 2 and Class 3 mobility scooters, so you have a better idea of which class is best suited to you.

What is a Class 2 mobility scooter?

Class 2 scooters achieve a top speed of 4mph, which is a tad faster than most people’s regular walking pace. For this reason, you might hear them called 4mph scooters, especially in the trade. Because of their sedate speed, they are commonly used on pavements or within suitable shopping locations where, combined with their slimline design, they are less likely to cause a problem for pedestrians.

Class 2 mobility scooters are lightweight and portable devices, popular among customers who want a handy vehicle that can help them get out and about without too much hassle. Class 2 scooters are often narrowly-built, with many being folding models for easy storage and transportation.

What is a Class 3 mobility scooter?

The main difference between a Class 3 mobility scooter and it’s Class 2 counterpart (apart from the maximum speed) is its size. Often bulkier than Class 2 devices, they have a more powerful motor & gearbox. In comparison to the small Class 2 scooters, the largest available Class 3 scooters have a road presence that is more like a car than a scooter. They can go double the speed of a Class 2 vehicle, topping off at 8mph, allowing them to be driven on the road, as well as on pavements. 
There are some limitations to their use. When being operated on a pavement, their speed must not exceed 4mph. When using the road, you cannot drive a Class 3 scooter on motorways, in bus lanes, or on cycle lanes. You are obliged to register it with the DVLA, however, just like the Class 2 models, you don’t need to tax your mobility scooter. The staff at Bromakin are able to assist customers with registering an invalid carriage.
Whether you favour the Class 2 or the Class 3 mobility scooter (or if you have yet to decide which one is for you), you can get professional advice from Bromakin. Call today on 01509 217569 to discuss your requirements or to book a demonstration at our Loughborough store.
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