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Mobility Scooters Facts & Information


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The Travel Mobility Scooter
The “Boot Scoot” as it is known in the trade is a scooter that comes apart easily and can be packed into the boot of a car.
This type of Mobility Scooter is ideal for going out for walks with the family & friends; and can be taken away on holiday.

Kymco Midi XLS ForU

Medium Mobility Scooter
A Medium Mobility Scooter is more suited for keeping at home, to be used to go to the local shops, pub or park.
It has suspension and a comfortable seat, ideal for rough pavements and crossing roads

Kymco Maxer ForU

Large Mobility Scooters
Large Mobility Scooters are for the more adventurous user, as they are capable of a larger range (25 miles), and are built for optimum comfort.
They are available with 6 or 8 mile per hour options, with lights and indicators and therefore suitable for road use.

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Information on buying a Mobility Scooter


Buying a Mobility Scooter

Buying a Mobility Scooter can seem like a mine field, but by reading this article, all will become clear. You will find help, advice and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) answered.

This article was written by a Mobility Engineer with years of experience with all types of Mobility Equipment including Mobility Scooters.

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My Mobility Scooter won't go

4. Is your Wig-Wag Clear


4. Is Your Wig Wag Clear

The Wig Wag is the bar you press to go forward or reverse. It must be in the rest position before you switch on the Mobility Scooter.


Remedy

  • Remove any bags from the handle bars
  • Ensure the Wig Wag is at the rest position ( parallel to the handlebars)
  • Reset the scooter – (switch off and then on)

NEXT

 

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: AGM or GEL battery?


Q: AGM or GEL battery?

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A: An Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) is the standard Mobility Scooter battery, and is for general use.
The Gelled Electrolyte (GEL) is capable of a deeper discharge and can be charged / discharged (cycled) more than a AGM battery; it is usually used by people who use their Mobility Scooter for frequent long journeys.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is battery capacity?


 Q: What is battery capacity?

A: Battery capacity is the amount of charge your battery can hold.MK Battery
i.e. If you have a 50 amp/hour battery then when it is new, it will supply 50 amps for a period of 1 hour (100%) capacity.
After some time, the capacity may drop to 75%, then the battery can only supply 50 amps for a period of 45 minutes.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use car batteries in my Mobility Scooter?


 Q: Can I use car batteries in my Mobility Scooter?

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A: NO, car batteries are designed to give a short burst of very high current, but Mobility Scooter batteries are designed to provide long periods of constant low current.

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Q: Are Mobility Batteries Safe?


Q: Are Mobility Batteries Safe?MK Battery

A: Yes they are Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, maintenance free and are accepted on all forms of transport including aircraft.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to pass a test to ride my Mobility Scooter on the road?


Q: Do I need to pass a test to ride my Mobility Scooter on the road?

A: Not at the moment, you come under a similar judgment as a bicycle.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I drink and ride my mobility Scooter?


 

Q: Can I drink and ride my mobility Scooter?

A: If you are on the road you are the same as any other road user, i.e. you can be prosecuted for drink driving.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a road tax For my Mobility Scooter?


Q: Do I need a road tax For my Mobility Scooter?

A: If your Mobility Scooter is a class 3 (has the capability of going over 4mph / 6kph) then yes, you need to register the scooter with the DVLA.

At the moment this is free.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I ride on the road, do I need to follow the Highway Code?


Q: If I ride on the road, do I need to follow the Highway Code?

A: Yes, you are the same as any other road user.

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Q: What speed will my Mobility Scooter go?


Q: What speed will my Mobility Scooter go?

 

A: Depending on the scooter you are buying or have bought, the normal speed is 4mph (6kph), or if you have bought a road scooter it could be 6mph (9kph) or 8mph (12.5kph).

A road scooter has a switch to drop down to 4mph (6kph) for pavement use.

Note: It is against the UK law to go faster than 4mph (6kph) on pavements.

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my Mobility Scooter on the motorway?


Q: Can I use my Mobility Scooter on the motorway?

 

NO … NO … NO !!!

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VAT Exemption For Mobility Products


Who Qualifies for VAT Exemption

The zero-rating of goods for disabled people depends in part upon the status of the recipient and part upon the use of the goods.

The person must be chronically sick or disabled, and the goods must be used for their own domestic or personal use only.

Definitions
A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person:

  • With a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carry out everyday activities.
  • With a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes

Who is terminally ill.

  • It does not include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.
  • If a parent, spouse or guardian acts on behalf of a ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person, your supply is treated as being made to that ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person.
  • Domestic or personal’ use means that the supply must be made available specifically for the use of an eligible individual (or series of eligible individuals).

Excluded from the terms ‘personal’ or ‘domestic’, and not eligible for VAT relief are:

  • Goods and services used for business purposes
  • Supplies made widely available for a whole group of people to use as they wish. For example, a stair lift in a charity building for the use or convenience of all chronically sick or disabled persons who might use the building would not qualify for relief. This is because the charity is making the lift available for the general use of all those people who might require it, rather than for the personal use of specified individuals.

For further information please use this link to go to the

Customs & Revenue website

Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Mobility Scooter Batteries


Mobility Scooter Batteries

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  • Q: Are Mobility Batteries Safe?
    A: Yes they are Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, maintenance free and are accepted on all forms of transport including aircraft.
  • Q: What is the difference between a AGM and a GEL battery?
    A: An Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) is the standard Mobility Scooter battery, and is for general use.The Gelled Electrolyte (GEL) is capable of a deeper discharge and can be charged / discharged (cycled) more than a AGM battery; it is usually used by people who use their Mobility Scooter for frequent long journeys.
  • Q: Can I use car batteries in my Mobility Scooter?
    A: NO
    , car batteries are designed to give a short burst of very high current, but Mobility Scooter batteries are designed to provide long periods of constant low current.
  • Q: What is battery capacity?
    A: Battery capacity is the amount of charge you battery can hold. i.e. If you have a 50 amp/hour battery then when it is new, it will supply 50 amps for a period of 1 hour (100%) capacity. After some time, the capacity may drop to 75%, then the battery can only supply 50 amps for a period of 45 minutes.
  • Q: What is the lowest battery capacity I can use my Mobility Scooter?
    A: It is recommended by the battery manufactures that when a Mobility Scooter battery falls below 65% then the battery should be renewed.
  • Q: How can I measure my battery’s capacity?
    A: when you have your Mobility Scooter serviced, the engineer can check your batteries for you. Ask the engineer to let you know what the capacity of each battery is.
  • Q: How long will my batteries last before I need to renew them?
    A: My answer is always it depends upon how you look after them. If you keep them charged, even during the winter when you are not using the Mobility Scooter, and work them frequently (use your Scooter frequently). Do not let them get too cold during winter, then a set of batteries can last for at least 3 years.
Mobility Scooters Frequently Asked Questions

Mobility Scooters in the snow


Mobility Scooters in the snow

Caring Comes First Mobility Wokingham near Reading Berkshire

I have received an email from one of our customers asking if there is any way to use a mobility scooter in the snow?
This conjures up many mental images, mobility scooters with snow chains, 4×4 mobility scooters, scooters with skies strapped to the front wheels.

The answer is of course do NOT use your mobility scooter in the snow or on icy pavements / roads
The majority of mobility scooters are rear wheel drive, so the rear of the scooter will tend to slide sideways.

 Winter Tips for Mobility Scooter Owner

  • Do not go out in the cold unless absolutely nessesary.
  • Keep your Mobility Scooter in the dry, in a shed, garage or under cover.
  • Before storing your Mobility Scooter for long periods, ensure the tyres are fully inflated as flat tyres will crack, and fully charge your battery.
  • Place a blanket over the motor and battery end of the Mobility Scooter, to prvent condensation and the battery from freezing.
  • Remember to charge your scooter for at least 12 hours (over night) once a month, while you scooter is in storage. This will top up the charge and help to preserve your batterie’s life.