Powered Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

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Manual wheelchairs and Class 2 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 4 mph (6 km/h) and are designed to be used on pavements.

Definition:

Class 2 vehicles means here: all powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters, intended for footpath or pavement use only with a maximum speed limit of 4 mph;

None of these should be used on Motorways or on unrestricted dual carriageways where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph (80 km/h).  However, if they are used on these dual carriageways, they MUST have a flashing amber beacon. A flashing amber beacon should be used on all other dual carriageways.

-I-Manual Wheelchair

There is one class of manual wheelchair called a Class 1 invalid carriage.

-II-Powered Wheelchairs

There are two classes of powered wheelchairs and powered mobility scooters and are designed to be used on pavements.

1-Class 2 Vehicles

Class 2 vehicles means here: all powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters, intended for footpath or pavement use only with a maximum speed limit of 4 mph (6 km/h).

Class 2 users should always use the pavement when it is available and are designed to be used on pavements.

When there is no pavement, you should use caution when on the road. Class 2 users should, where possible, travel in the direction of the traffic. If you are travelling at night when lights MUST be used, you should travel in the direction of the traffic to avoid confusing other road users.

2-Class 3 Vehicles

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Class 3 vehicles are those with an upper speed limit of 8 mph (12 km/h) and are equipped to be used on the road as well as the pavement.

When on the road, Class 3 vehicles should travel in the direction of the traffic.

Class 3 users should switch the vehicle to the lower speed limit when on pavements.

General Visibility Rules

You MUST follow the same rules about using lights, indicators and horns as for other road vehicles, if your vehicle is fitted with them. At night, lights MUST be used. Be aware that other road users may not see you and you should make yourself more visible – even in the daytime and also at dusk – by, for instance, wearing a reflective jacket or reflective strips on the back of the vehicle.

General Crossing Rules

1- Take extra care at road junctions:  When going straight ahead, check to make sure there are no vehicles about to cross your path from the left, the right, or overtaking you and turning left.

2– When turning right from a major Road: If moving into the middle of the road is difficult or dangerous, you can

*stop on the left-hand side of the road and wait for a safe gap in the traffic
*negotiate the turn as a pedestrian, i.e. travel along the pavement and cross the road between pavements where it is safe to do so.

Similarly, when negotiating major roundabouts (i.e. with two or more lanes) it may be safer for you to use the pavement or find a route which avoids the roundabout altogether.

Parking:

Normal parking restrictions are observed. Advertisements

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