One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when buying a mobility scooter is whether to opt for a Class 2 or a Class 3. The main difference between them is that Class 2s must stick to the pavement while Class 3s can travel on the road, but there are plenty of further differences to consider.
Here’s a quick guide to help you make the right decision.
Why Choose a Class 2 Mobility Scooter?
Class 2 scooters are designed for the pavement, although you are also permitted to use them to cross pedestrian and zebra crossings. They aren’t quite as powerful as Class 3 scooters, but they do come with quite a few compelling benefits.
Perhaps the most important is portability. As a general rule of thumb, a Class 2 mobility scooter is going to be much lighter than a Class 3 mobility scooter. That makes them easier to manoeuvre and transport. In fact, most Class 2 mobility scooters can be folded – even if they can’t, their smaller footprint makes them easier to store.
Class 2 mobility scooters should also prove a little less expensive. They aren’t as large as their Class 3 brethren, and they don’t require powerful motors or additional features to make them roadworthy. Finally, the lack of power is actually something of an advantage – most people find a Class 2 mobility scooter easier to operate than a Class 3.
Why Choose a Class 3 Mobility Scooter?
Class 3 mobility scooters don’t require a driver’s license, or MOT, and they aren’t subject to road tax. However, they can be used on roads, which makes them an attractive choice for some people. If you expect to use your mobility scooter frequently for longer trips, a Class 3 should appeal.
Beyond an ability to go on the road, a Class 3 mobility scooter will travel faster than a Class 2 – current regulations allow them to make up to 8 mph. You’ll also find that they offer a significantly greater range than a Class 2, plus a higher maximum weight limit. Equipped with headlights, rear lights, horn, indicators, and other such features, they provide outstanding peace of mind.
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