What Is a Class 2 Mobility Scooter?

What Is a Class 2 Mobility Scooter?

Class 2 mobility scooters represent a category of mobility aids specially crafted to assist individuals with disabilities, including those facing mobility challenges and balance issues, in enhancing their ease of movement. These scooters offer an economical and user-friendly means for individuals to remain independent while navigating their local area or carrying out daily tasks.

If you're considering buying a mobility scooter in the UK and are uncertain about the right choice for you, we're here to assist you in finding the perfect mobility scooter that suits your lifestyle.

Classes of Mobility Scooters

In the United Kingdom, mobility scooters are classified into two main categories, often referred to as classes, under the relevant regulations and key features of the mobility scooter. These are class 2 and class 3 mobility scooters.

What Are the Class 2 Mobility Scooter Rules?

The class 2 and class 3 guidelines for mobility scooters are: 

Class 2 Mobility Scooter Rules:

  • These scooters are designed for use on pavements, pedestrian areas, and crossing roads.
  • They have a maximum speed limit of 4 mph (about 6.4 km/h).
  • Class 2 scooters are not designed for road use.

Class 3 Mobility Scooter Rules:

  • Class 3 scooters are designed for use both on pavements and on the road, provided they meet specific regulations.
  • They are equipped with additional features like lights, indicators, and rear mirrors to make them suitable for road use.
  • While operating on the road, Class 3 scooters can reach faster speeds, often reaching up to 8 mph. They are equipped with a speed-limiting switch to reduce their speed to the Class 2 max speed limit of 4 mph when being used on pavements. 

Why Should I Buy a Class 2 Scooter?

While a class 2 scooter does not provide as much freedom on the road as a class 3, it provides ample opportunity for people living with mobility issues to get out and about without difficulty. Although class 2 and class 3 scooters can differ in features and functions, some class 2 and class 3 scooters may only be suitable for certain terrains or environments. You could always speak to a professional to discuss your ideal option for a class 2 mobility scooter.


Class 2 scooters are typically battery-powered and tend to be smaller and more compact, making the scooter more convenient to use than a class 3. Class 3 mobility scooters are more spacious and comfortable compared to class 2, but they are also larger and heavier. This increased size and weight makes them less portable and slightly more difficult to load into a vehicle.


Class 2 mobility scooters are restricted to use on footpaths, pavements, and for crossing roads. Their top speed on pavements is limited to 4 mph.

Design differences

Class 2 mobility scooters are characterised by their basic driving controls, and some models are designed to be dismantled or folded for easy storage in a car boot. They typically have a shorter battery life and cover shorter distances compared to Class 3 scooters.

In comparison, Class 3 mobility scooters offer more advanced features like rear-view mirrors, reflectors, indicators, headlights, additional storage, horns, and hazard lights. They also tend to have longer-lasting batteries and sturdier tyres suitable for rougher terrain compared to Class 2 scooters.

Class 2 scooters come in various styles, ranging from classic three-wheel designs to more contemporary four-wheel models. Depending on the specific model, they can achieve speeds of up to 4 mph on pavement and offer a battery life range of approximately 10 miles.

The benefits of Class 2 mobility scooters are that they are an accessible and affordable option for people with disabilities, allowing them to remain independent while getting around. These scooters come in a variety of styles, from classic three-wheel designs to more modern four-wheel models. 

Do I Need to Get Insurance for a Class 2 Mobility Scooter UK?

In the UK, unlike motor vehicles, there's no legal requirement for Class 2 mobility scooter users to have insurance. However, it's strongly recommended to consider taking out insurance to safeguard yourself and your property in case of accidental damage or theft. Numerous insurers provide tailored policies for mobility scooters, providing coverage for personal injury, scooter damage, and potential third-party liability in mobility scooter accidents.

What is the Best Class 2 Mobility Scooter in the UK?

We have a range of class 2 types of mobility scooters available in the UK that are suitable for individuals with limited mobility to carry out many tasks in everyday life, giving you peace of mind that you can easily and smoothly navigate activities.

The Roma Tulsa Class 2 mobility scooter - is an excellent option for individuals who value convenient travel. With its adaptable swivel chair, it offers effortless access without requiring much movement. This scooter features wing mirrors, front and rear LED lights, user-friendly controls, a convenient shopping basket, and a charging port. Additionally, its tyres come equipped with shock absorbers, and there are anti-tip features at the rear wheels to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

The Roma Sorrento mid-sized mobility scooter - is a lightweight and user-friendly choice, ideal for reaching any destination effortlessly. With its comfortable seat and adjustable flip-up armrests, it provides personalised comfort. This mobility scooter features an easily adjustable angle tiller and non-marking tyres for convenience.

Shoprider Valencia Class 2 mid-size mobility scooter - Equipped with rear reflectors and a front headlight, this mid-sized mobility scooter ensures safe night driving for users. Its user-friendly design allows for easy dismantling, making storage and transportation convenient and hassle-free.


Why Choose Mobility Solutions Direct?

Mobility Solutions Direct is a leading UK-based supplier of Class 2 mobility scooters and other related mobility products. We offer an extensive range of quality products that are designed to meet your individual needs and lifestyle requirements.

Our team is on hand to give you honest, friendly advice to help you find the right mobility products for your situation. If you need any help or have any questions regarding our mobility scooters UK, don't hesitate to drop us an email at info@mobilitysolutionsdirect.com or call us at 0800 9700384.

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