Note* UK VAT, in many cases mobility accessories including wheelchairs and scooters are classed as VAT free. Please also note all 'road legal' (8mph) powered scooters and wheelchairs must be registered with DVLA. You may be entitled to a grant or assistance towards buying larger mobility items such as chair lifts, adaptations, wheelchairs and scooters. Read more and where to apply on our 'Financial Assistance' page.
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Types of mobility scooter
Lawfully, these scooters are divided into two classifications. Class 2 scooters are intended for pavement usage only-- they can just reach 4mph, the legal limit for usage on the pavement. Class 3 mobility scooters are planned for use on the road or the pavement-- they can reach up to 8mph, however must have a setting that can restrict their speed to 4mph for use on the pavement. They should be fitted with lights and indications and be signed up with the DVLA to be used on the road.
This report and many marketing materials further divide class 2 scooters into 2 classifications based on their style. Three classifications are utilized in overall:
? Class 2 boot scooter: dismantles or folds to be carried in an automobile boot.? Class 2 pavement scooter: larger, not intended for cars and truck boot use.? Class 3 road scooter: designed for roadway use.
Research study activities: This research study reports on three specific elements of the mobility scooter market:
Electric scooter market patterns Published commercial market information and two recent market research studies of the movement items sector by the Workplace of Fair Trading (OFT) and Customer Focus have been evaluated to assist figure out the current size of the mobility scooter market, varieties of UK scooter users and future trends. Market data and patterns were also discussed with a number of crucial market stakeholders consisting of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), Motability and a sample of sellers and suppliers.
Profile of electric scooter users. A new, UK-wide Rica survey of 480 scooter users was performed and utilized to inform an analytical profile of scooter users' background, mobility scooter usage, purchasing concerns and safety. Making use of this data, a set of 5 persons has actually been established for use in policy making. These serve to show the large range of scooter users' profiles, inspirations and experiences.
Assessment on class 3 scooters. A consultation workshop was held with agents from scooter user groups, organisations and regulatory bodies to specifically explore issues affecting the purchase and use of class 3 mobility scooters, created for road usage, consisting of the sales procedure, licensing, registration and insurance coverage.
2.2 Key findings Our review of released market information and research study and consultation to investigate market size and trends found that:
There is a lack of comprehensive, reliable commercial information on the size of the movement scooter market. Released data concentrates on sales worth rather than units offered. "Finest estimates" put the variety of units sold annually at approximately 80,000 and total number of UK users at roughly 300-350,000.? All data and our consultation verify high levels of yearly sales growth in the sector (5-10%) with proof of increased advertising and a broadening range of retail choices - professional and mainstream shops, charity trading arms, second-hand sales, brochure and online merchants.
Online retail is growing and uses substantially less expensive products, but does not give customers the exact same chances for the essential user evaluation and training that all stakeholders advise.
Mobility scooters market study
Costs of scooters differ extensively. Advised market prices (RRPs) are extensively published however do not properly represent list prices which are frequently substantially lower.
Mobility scooters have an unsure status: are they a "special needs" or a "lifestyle" product? This ambiguity could affect exemption of VAT on purchase.
Movement scooters are fairly robust and can be used for a variety of years.
Some stakeholders kept in mind that performance claims made by makers and suppliers, especially with respect to battery life, range, speed and climbing ability, are often unreliable.
A UK-wide 480 person survey to examine the profile and experiences of movement scooter users found that:
53% of participants were under 65 years old, indicating that scooter users include many younger people.
48% of respondents owned a wheelchair in addition to a mobility scooter and 27% owned more than one kind of movement scooter.?
Numerous participants were reliant on their mobility scooter: 74% said they would not make the same journeys if they could not use their scooter.
Class 2 boot scooters were the most typical kind of scooter owned.
Almost all participants took a trip on the pavement and 45% travelled on roadways.
21% of respondents reported mishaps or incidents on their scooter, mostly on pavements. Nevertheless, most of these were reasonably small and involved tipping not accidents.
59% had actually received some training in using a movement scooter.
51% of movement scooters owned were bought from a shop and 30% were bought online (the remainder were bought from pals or associates or through printed advertisements in eg papers).
Our assessment workshop with stakeholders to talk about issues of issue around class 3 mobility scooter users discovered that:
New buyers are not ensured access to excellent details and evaluation of their requirements due to an absence of available product info and suggestions about ways to determine scooter suitability for a private user.
There is a perceived absence of training and familiarisation chances required to make sure safe use of all scooters.
The function and precise requirements of the registration of class 3 mobility scooters are unclear.
Scooter legislation is frequently not followed by purchasers, merchants or manufacturers, either because it is not comprehended or because of defects in the system.
There is a viewed lack of interest in policing the regulations impacting using mobility scooters and an absence of information on the real risks of movement scooter usage.
Dealing with movement scooters after use has problems-- recycling is difficult and pricey, and registration requirements trigger issues with both disposal and re-sale.