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Kent Association for the Blind

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Is a mobility scooter appropriate for you?

Advice for sight impaired mobility scooter users

Unlike car drivers who must pass the number plate vision test to be able to drive on Britain’s roads, there is no such requirement for the drivers of mobility scooters, although the law may change in the future. KAB would recommend that if you are prohibited from driving due to sight impairment, you should not use a mobility scooter on the roads.

Using a mobility scooter on the pavement

  • Seek advice on the best scooter to meet your needs from a reputable dealer.
  • Before purchasing or renting a mobility scooter have a test ride ensuring that you can control it. Ask yourself if your sight impairment allows you to detect kerbs, obstacles and most importantly to anticipate the actions of fellow pedestrians.
  • Undertake any training that is offered to ensure you are able to use the scooter to its fullest advantage.
  • It is not mandatory, but investigate and take up an insurance policy in the event that you should have an accident whilst driving your scooter.
  • It is always a good idea to wear high visibility clothing so that other pavement users can see you more easily.
  • Be aware that scooters are virtually silent and that other pedestrians may not hear or see you approaching.
  • Carefully consider your route to ensure that it is flat and safe.

Further information is available from The British Healthcare Trades Association; you can contact them on 020 7702 2141.

A Highway Code for users of mobility vehicles including scooters is also available.

KAB provides specialist mobility training for sight impaired people who need to use powered wheelchairs.

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