Many people know that the Motability Scheme can allow recipients of certain mobility allowances to lease a new car or wheelchair-accessible vehicle, however, fewer people are aware that if you receive an appropriate allowance you may be eligible to get a brand-new scooter from Snowdrop Independent Living.
A mobility scooter might be the right choice for you if you’re confident that you’ll be able to get on and off the scooter independently and operate its controls safely. It could offer you a great deal of independence. If you’ve looked into getting a mobility scooter, you’ll probably be aware that there’s a lot of variety available, so it’s important to consider your needs to make sure that you get a scooter that’s suitable for what you want to use it for.
Mobility scooters are commonly categorised into these categories:
These scooters are light and easy to transport because they usually dismantle into a few parts to fit into the boot of a car. They aren’t suitable for use on the road, but they can usually be used around your home. They generally have a low maximum weight capacity and a small average range, which can be up to 10 miles.
Medium scooters are generally sturdier and capable of transporting more weight than small scooters. They aren’t as easy to dismantle, so you might find it more difficult to transport one in a car. They usually have a range of up to 20 miles, but they may have a turning circle that’s too large for some homes.
Large road-legal scooters
These scooters are referred to as ‘Class 3’ mobility scooters. They are the largest and heaviest scooters, and they are allowed to be driven on any road that isn’t a motorway or dual carriageway with a speed limit of over 50mph. They have a maximum speed of 8mph, although they can only be driven at 4mph on pavements. They provide the greatest range of up to 25 miles, and are equipped with front and rear lights, indicators, hazard lights, a rear-view mirror, brakes and a horn.
At Snowdrop Independent Living, we are able to supply a range of mobility scooters in each of these categories. If you are eligible to lease your scooter through Motability, you will also receive insurance, servicing and breakdown assistance as part of the scheme