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You and the Highway Code

As a scooter user the Highway Code offers essential guidance for your safety and the safety of others, here is a basic refresher on the rules:

Scooters must not use cycle or bus lanes and may not be used on a motorway.

Pavement Use

To use your scooter on a pavement it must either be a class 2 scooter, and therefore restricted to 4 mph, or a class 3 may be used on a pavement as long as it has been switched to the limited 4mph setting.

Pedestrians have right of way at all times on footpaths and you must always allow them to pass first and give them ample space to move out of your way.

You must exercise extra caution around both the elderly, who may have visual impairments or be hard of hearing, and young children who may not become aware of you as quickly.

When attempting to cross a road exercise greater caution, preferably find a drop down kerb, ideally at a pedestrian crossing.

While with most scooters it is advised that you approach Kerbs from straight on with a Quingo it is safe to approach at an angle of up to 45°.

Class 2 scooters may not be used on the road, unless a pavement is not present or not in a fit condition.

Road Use

First of all, in order to use your scooter on the road, it must comply with the specifications of a class 3 scooter.

It must be capable of more than 4mph and have an upper speed limit of 8mph, it must also feature a switch allowing the top speed to be limited to 4mph for use on footpaths.

It must feature a headlight, rear lights, flashing indicators, a horn and a mirror.

If you use your scooter on the road you should consider that you are more vulnerable on a scooter as you are exposed, smaller and slower than other vehicles.

It is essential that you adhere to the Highway Code at all times, keeping to the left side of the carriageway and following all signs and signals and use your lights and indicators when appropriate.

Take greater care at junctions and try and ensure that there is no vehicle likely to cross your path and always look behind you before you pull out.

When turning right pull to the left hand kerb, make sure there is no oncoming traffic, look behind you, do not just use your mirrors, to ensure there are no vehicles coming from behind then execute your manoeuvre.

Wherever a roundabout may be part of your journey try to find an alternative route as they offer greater risks to the slower moving, less visible scooter . If this is not possible exercise great caution.

Parking Similar rules apply to parking your scooter on public highways to those that apply to cars so you must park according to the rules.

If you park your scooter on a footpath you must not obstruct the footpath and it must be clearly visible.

We strongly advise that you wear high visibility clothing in addition to the lights on your scooter.

This is for general guidance only please check the UK Government website for more details.