“Is mobility scooter insurance compulsory?” and other questions

24 May 2019

Whether or not mobility scooter insurance is compulsory is a common question to be asked. At Blue Badge Mobility Insurance, we are dedicated to giving you the information you require, so you can get the cover you need. This question and more will be answered in the piece below.

 

Is mobility scooter insurance a legal requirement?

At the time of writing this, there are no laws that make mobility scooter insurance compulsory. That said, mobility scooter insurance can offer protection and peace of mind for many people. Without mobility scooter insurance, you may be liable for any damages that are caused by your scooter, either to people or to their property. For more information on this, please see the Government website, where up to date information can be found on this issue.

 

How much does mobility scooter insurance cost?

The amount the insurance costs will vary from company to company, and policy to policy. Our mobility scooter insurance starts from £46 and we can add key insurance, puncture insurance and breakdown recovery services, if you would like these too. To get a quote for mobility scooter insurance, talk to our team today or fill out our online quote form.

 

Is my mobility scooter covered in my home insurance?

You would have to check your individual policy documents for your home insurance to be certain what you would be covered to do. If your scooter is listed in your contents, you may be able to claim in the event of theft or a fire, if it is located at the property at the time of the incident. You would probably not be covered for any damage caused by the scooter to others or property, or damage to the scooter while you are out and about though.

 

Who can ride my mobility scooter?

With our policies, you can give permission to other people to ride the scooter and they will be covered (with some restrictions), as the insurance is for the scooter, not the user. There will be some responsibility for you though, as you must be sure that the person is capable of operating the vehicle and meets the requirements for being allowed to use one. Click the link for more information on who can use a mobility scooter.

 

Do I need to service my mobility scooter?

There aren’t currently any requirements for this in the way that a car has an MOT but most insurance policies for mobility scooters will insist upon regular maintenance and that the scooter is in good working order. If it does not meet those requirements, you may invalidate your policy. If you need repairs made to your scooter, you should be able to find a reputable mechanic locally.

 

Do I need to pass an eyesight test to get my mobility scooter?

There is no test to take but you should make sure that you can see and read a licence plate from 12.3 metres (40 feet) away. If it is discovered after an accident that you could not do this, you may be liable to pay compensation and it could invalidate your insurance.

 

Can I drive my mobility scooter on the road?

If you have a Class 2 invalid carriage, you cannot use this on the road and it has a max speed of 4mph. If you have a Class 3 invalid carriage, this can be used on the road up to 8mph or off the road with a max speed of 4mph.

It is important to know what type of carriage you have, as you will need to make sure that any Class 3 invalid carriages are registered. See the DVLA website for more information on registering your mobility scooter.

 

For more information about mobility scooter cover, get in touch with our friendly team, who will be happy to answer your queries and make sure you have the information you need to decide on the right policy for you.

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