Mobility scooters are designed basically keeping the old people and physically disabled or crippled in mind for them to easily move around and live a life independently as desired. This particular mobility aid has acted as a boon to many especially in the countries like UK and soon will be wanted by many other countries looking at it admirable service. There are certain rules and guidelines that have to be followed to enjoy its services outdoor.
Rules and regulations have to be followed by anyone and everyone who drives or rides any vehicle. Mobility scooters have no exceptions. In the UK, rules and guidelines have been developed to provide people the proper guidance and security when utilizing the mobility scooter. One must follow the necessary rules when using them to avoid fines, prevent inconvenience to other people, protect themselves from problems that could happen in the long run, protect themselves from getting hurt and to be not fined if others are at mistake.
Classes are conducted for the people owning these mobility scooters by guiding them to be a good citizen by following all the rules. There are numerous classes of mobility aids that are recognized in the UK. There are, Class 1: manual wheel chairs, Class 2: powered wheelchairs and Class 3: Mobility Scooters in UK. The first 2 wheel chairs are recognized to have a speed limit of 4mph while Class 3 has a speed limit of 8mph. They are equipped to be used for road travel and by pavement but should always be aware of traffic rules. There are no special treatments for those who fail to follow the rules. When driving on pavement, they should also obey the rules and respect the other pedestrians.
Using mobility scooters on pavements are allowed if right precautions are taken. One should consider other people walking on the pavement or crossing the pedestrian area on the road while driving any of the mobility vehicles. One should also be aware of the needs of other handicapped people especially with hearing and sight impairment. For powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters, it is a rule that they cannot move beyond the 4mph limit when in pedestrian lanes and pavements. This is to ensure that there are no problems traveling across narrow pavements and don't create any hassle for the pedestrians.
Mobility vehicles have made life simpler for many in UK and rules have to be taken care to live up to the responsibilities offered. You are moving a lot slower than other vehicles if you wish to drive on the road and remember to drive only on the direction of the traffic. If there is an available pavement, you must use it as much as possible. The lights should be open at all times during the night and one must wear a helmet and should follow the rules as everybody does. You must also follow standard road courtesy when moving on intersections and make signals while turning to help the other vehicles behind you.