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Types of mobility scooters - A UK study Article 2017:
Legally, scooters are divided into 2 classifications.
Class 2 mobility scooters are meant for pavement usage just-- they can only reach 4mph, the legal limit for use on the pavement.
Class 3 mobility scooters are intended for usage on the road or the pavement-- they can reach up to 8mph, but should have a setting that can restrict their speed to 4mph for use on the pavement. They should be fitted with lights and indicators and be signed up with the DVLA to be used on the road.
This report and numerous marketing products further divide class 2 scooters into 2 categories based upon their style.
3 classifications are used in total:
Class 2 boot scooter: dismantles or folds to be brought in an automobile boot.
Class 2 pavement scooter: larger, not meant for vehicle boot use.
Class 3 road scooter: created for road usage.
Research study activities:- This study reports on three particular elements of the scooter market:
Disability scooter market trends:
Released industrial market information and two current market studies of the mobility items sector by the Workplace of Fair Trading (OFT) and Customer Focus have actually been examined to help figure out the present size of the mobility scooter market, numbers of UK scooter users and future trends. Market information and trends were likewise discussed with a number of essential market stakeholders including the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), Motability and a sample of retailers and distributors.
Profile of mobility scooter users. A study of 480 scooter users was carried out and used to inform a statistical profile of movement scooter users' background, scooter use, purchasing concerns and safety. Drawing on this information, a set of five personalities has been developed for usage in policy making. These serve to demonstrate the vast array of scooter users' profiles, motivations and experiences.
Assessment on class 3 mobility scooters. An assessment workshop was held with representatives from scooter user groups, organisations and regulatory bodies to particularly check out issues affecting the purchase and use of class 3 scooters, developed for roadway use, consisting of the sales process, licensing, registration and insurance coverage.
2.2 Key findings Our review of released market data and research and assessment to investigate market size and patterns found that:
There is a lack of detailed, reliable industrial data on the size of the mobility scooter market. Published information concentrates on sales value rather than units offered. "Best price quotes" put the variety of systems sold per year at roughly 80,000 and overall variety of UK users at around 300-350,000.? All information and our consultation validate high levels of annual sales growth in the sector (5-10%) with evidence of increased advertising and a broadening variety of retail alternatives - expert and mainstream shops, charity trading arms, second-hand sales, brochure and online sellers.
Online retail is growing and offers considerably more affordable products, but does not provide consumers the same opportunities for the necessary user assessment and training that all stakeholders advise.
Scooters market study:-
Costs of movement scooters vary commonly. Recommended list prices (RRPs) are extensively released but do not precisely represent prices which are frequently considerably lower.
The scooters have an unpredictable status: are they a "disability" or a "way of life" product? This obscurity might impact exemption of VAT on purchase.
Mobility scooters are fairly robust and can be utilized for a number of years.
Some stakeholders noted that efficiency claims made by makers and suppliers, especially with respect to battery life, variety, speed and climbing ability, are frequently unreliable.
Our UK-wide 480 individual survey to examine the profile and experiences of scooter users discovered that:
53% of respondents were under 65 years of ages, suggesting that scooter users include many more youthful individuals.
48% of participants owned a wheelchair in addition to a mobility scooter and 27% owned more than one type of scooter.? Many respondents were reliant on their mobility scooter: 74% said they would not make the exact same journeys if they could not use their scooter.
Class 2 boot scooters were the most common type of scooter owned.
Almost all participants took a trip on the pavement and 45% took a trip on roads.
21% of participants reported accidents or incidents on their scooter, primarily on pavements. However, the majority of these were relatively small and involved tipping not collisions.
59% had received some training in using a scooter.
51% of scooters owned were purchased from a shop and 30% were purchased online (the remainder were purchased from pals or acquaintances or through printed advertisements in eg newspapers).
Our assessment workshop with stakeholders to talk about problems of concern around class 3 scooter users found that:
New buyers are not guaranteed access to great info and evaluation of their requirements due to a lack of available product information and suggestions about ways to determine suitability for an individual user.
There is a perceived absence of training and familiarisation opportunities essential to make sure safe use of mobility scooters.
The function and specific requirements of the registration of class 3 electric scooters are unclear.
Scooter legislation is frequently not followed by buyers, retailers or producers, either due to the fact that it is not understood or because of flaws in the system.
There is a perceived lack of interest in policing the guidelines impacting making use of mobility scooters and an absence of information on the genuine threats of movement scooter use.
Disposing of electric scooters after use has problems-- recycling is tough and costly, and registration requirements cause problems with both disposal and re-sale.