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. The law calls these types of vehicles ‘invalid carriages’.
Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in 2 categories:
- ‘class 2 invalid carriages’ - these cannot be used on the road (except where there is not a pavement) and have a maximum speed of 4mph
- ‘class 3 invalid carriages’ - these can be used on the road, and have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road, and 8mph on the road
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.