Do I need to tax my mobility scooter?

Do I need to tax my mobility scooter?

It’s a very common query. Thankfully, the experts at Stechford Mobility are here to answer all of your mobility related questions.


Do I need to tax my Mobility scooter?

No, you absolutely do not need to tax your mobility scooter. Even if the front of it resembles a motorcycle (like some of our popular models do!) you have never been required to tax your mobility scooter in the UK like you would with a car.

However, in some instances you will be required to register your mobility scooter with the DVLA. Registering your mobility scooter with the DVLA must be done with scooters that are considered as ‘class 3 invalid carriages’.


And what is a class 3 invalid carriage?

This rather outdated term simply means that the mobility scooter meets the following criteria:


  • A maximum unladen weight of 150 kg
  • A maximum width of 0.85 metres
  • A device to limit its speed to 4 mph (off roads)
  • A maximum speed of 8 mph (on roads)
  • An efficient braking system
  • Front and rear lights and reflectors
  • Direction indicators able to operate as a hazard warning signal
  • An audible horn
  • A rear view mirror
  • An amber flashing light if it’s used on a dual carriageway

Generally class 3 scooters are larger, with longer ranges, cannot be dismantled, can be used on the road and are not suited for indoor use. You will be able to find out from your mobility specialist whether your mobility scooter is a class 3 model. If your scooter is found to be lacking any safety features listed above, you could be breaking the law.

Stechford Mobility are happy to provide a free assessment of your needs to find the right motorised wheelchair or mobility scooter for you. Our dedicated team apply over 40 years of industry experience to listen to your needs and meet your expectations for a mobility solution. Either stop by our Birmingham store where you can try out our scooter range, or contact us via phone to talk to one of our knowledgeable and friendly advisors.