The Mobility And Support Information Service
Scooters and Powered Wheelchairs Overview
Welcome to worry-free mobility! We offer simple, all-inclusive leasing packages designed to make getting around easier. Read on to find out about the benefits of leasing on the Motability Scheme and search our wide range of scooters and powered wheelchairs.
A new scooter or powered wheelchair of your choice every three years
Help from specialist dealers
Breakdown assistance from Motability Assist
Replacement batteries and tyres
Servicing, maintenance and repairs
Insurance equivalent to fully comprehensive cover
Weatherproof storage cover for when your product is not being used
The ‘Firefly’ device turns any wheelchair into a power scooter :
"The Firefly is an electric hand cycle that attaches to the front of most rigid frame wheelchairs and even some folding models of manual wheelchairs.
If the wheelchair has fixed front legs then it is compatible with the Firefly.
Firefly cannot be attached to a wheelchair with ‘ swing away ‘ legs.
Firefly is limited to a max speed of 8 mph at the factory but the limiter is easily removed to increase the speed to a max of 12.5 mph"
You do not need a licence to drive a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair, but you may have to register it. Only certain types can be driven on the road.
Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories:
You do not need to register a class 2 invalid carriage.
You must register class 3 invalid carriages.
You must be 14 or over to drive a class 3 invalid carriage.
"Here you will find a list of charities which may be able to help you with the funding of your mobility equipment. There are many charities who specialise in providing funding for children, and while it can be more difficult to find funding for adults, it is available."
For those with disabilities or mobility needs but with financial limitations there are several UK organisations that can help financially with the purchase of equipment including electric scooters and powered wheelchairs. These are usually in the form of a grant for either the partial or full cost of the mobility or other equipment needed. Many of the organisations that give these mobility grants specialise in particular disabilities or needs. For example if you had a spinal injury, then the 'Aspire Human Needs Fund' would be the best organisation to help with a grant. There are other organisations that specialise in adaptations, children or over 65's, while some are more generalised.
Below is the Mobility UK list of the main grant giving organisations, but there are also many more smaller localised grant organisations throughout the UK. You may find them with maybe a call to Citizens Advice or a quick search on Google for something like "mobility disability grants in 'your town'"
See & Scoot is a training resource for mobility scooter users. The purpose of the training is to highlight the hazards which mobility scooter users may encounter whilst out on the roads. The 20 minute video should be useful for both new and existing users. It was developed by the Transport Research in Psychology group at Nottingham Trent University as part of a two year research grant from the Road Safety Trust. This research featured on BBC Breakfast and you can see their video of our research in action here.
Unlike other training resources, its creation was informed by the views of mobility scooter users though a large questionnaire study, face to face interviews, and recording users as they drove around a city centre. It therefore is supported by an evidence base of research (see below) that explores what users see as the main hazards and how to negotiate these.
Also unique is that the training resource uses real life footage filmed from a scooter user’s perspective as they drove around a designated route in Nottingham City Centre. This creates a better understanding of how the hazards identified feel to a scooter user.
The video is available to be viewed free of charge. All that is required is to fill out some details asked for using the link. You are also welcome to use the video for training purposes. Again, we ask that you provide the details of the recipient of the training.
We hope that you find See & Scoot helpful and informative.