No Need For Registration Plates On Mobility Scooters

As some mobility scooters can be used on public roads, the class 3 type, there can be some confusion as to whether you need to display a registration (number) plate on your mobility scooter, to confirm and hopefully clear up any confusion regarding this, it is not necessary to have a registration plate displayed on a class 3 mobility scooter.

Although they are registered with the DVLA, and display a ‘nil duty’ tax disc they are not classed as a motor vehicle.

They should still be operated in a safe manner taking into account other road users for your own safety and the safety of others, but fortunately as a class 3 mobility scooter user you are exempt from certain rules in place for other vehicles using the road.

Take note that the exemption is with regards to the tax disc cost and no registration plate needed, other road rules and laws apply and should be adhered to when taking a class 3 mobility scooter onto the road.

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  1. Contax
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    When I registered my Class 3 scooter with DVLA I received the log book, tax disc and a note saying no number plate required, if selling on completing the section of log book must be done same as when selling any motor vehicle.
    With all the bad publicity about mobility scooters and their riders I would have thought a smaller sized number plate should be fitted at rear, at least it could help identify a scooter which fails to stop at any accident. I wish the insurance companies would sell a cheap Third Party only policy as the policy available is a bit like a fully comp + recovery, it can be a bit expensive with many get out clauses, maybe they could make it an add on to home insurance policy similar to what they do for cycles. it could be posible for DVLA to issue cover with tax disc for a fee, this could mean all scooters even pavement models should have to be registered.

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  2. Dawn
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    Hi, I wondered if u could point me in the right direction pls, I have just purchased a Midi Xforu from off the internet, it is in excellent condition having only had one previous owner, however i did not receive a log book with this scooter, I did get back in toych with the guy i bought it from and his mother, they said they had not been aware it had a log book, a it was hi fathers and they had thrown alot of his stuff out, they think this log book must of been amongst it, so I now need to get a log book vis DVLA, then I can get a tax disk for it as it goes up to 10mph, can u tell me what documentation i need to take to my post office to get this tax disk pls, i really would appreciate any advice/pointers u can give me, i am a first time user u see and not so well up on these things…thankyou…:)

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  3. Contax
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    Hi Dawn, Is there a Tax Disc on the scooter? if not the chances are it has never been registered, if it can do 10mph it is illegal in the UK except on private land, maximum speed for a Class3 scooter in UK is 8mph, some companies did offer tweaked versions that could do 10mph for off road use. I would get a form from DVLA and try to register it, I doubt there should be any problem, just put a covering note with your application expaining original owner died and persons disposing of his estate have not come across a log book for it and enclose a copy of your receipt of purchase to prove ownership. Hope all goes fine.

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  4. Contax
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    Hi Dawn, This is link to supplier site, the model you quoted only does 5mph, there is another that does 8mph. As it does over 4mph it is I believe classed as a Class3 which should be registered, I expect most people would just say they was told it was a 4mph model for use on pavement only and not bother with registration it’s a decision only you can make.

    http://mobilitycarestore.com/kymco.html

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  5. Mel Edwardes
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    I have just come across tis site and found it interesting. FYI I have 4 scooters, all Class 3. I tried to register them all but had troble with one. I contacted the DVLA who said they had sent the logbook etc. but I had not received them. I was told it would cost £25 for replacement details. I told them I was not prepared to pay this and would, therefore, not register that scooter. It did not seem to bother them and I heard no more! If you want to register, just contact the DVLA and state you have no details, they will send a form specifically to register a scooter for the first time – you will get a “Q” type tax disc and log book eventually. However, I would not cocern yourself too much just enjoy your new found freedom. Also it might be a 10 km (6mph) scooter which is also a class 3.

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  6. Richard
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    Hello All
    I have a question about mobility scooters, I have a nil rate tax disc on my car. Will applying for a nil rate tax disc for a class 3 mobility scooter effect this?

    I have higher rate DLA

    I have searched for days looking for an anwser

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  7. Contax
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    Hi Richard, it should not make any difference as you do not have to be on DLA or any other benefit to get the Nil Rate Tax Disc, I just registered the scooter with DVLA and received the tax disc with a note saying no number plates required then a log book same as for car arrived. They just send me a new tax disc free every December. I think it just a procedure as it is a vehicle allowed to be driven on the road. Years ago if you crossed the road with a petrol driven lawn mower it had to display a tax disc and operator needed a driving license, sounds stupid.

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  8. Stephen
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    I have recently purchased a used mobility scooter,it has a number plate on it so I believe it has been used on the road.when I purchased this scooter I didn’t receive any log book,so how do I go about getting a replacement log book and where do I get it from.thank you.

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  9. john
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    Hi.

    Firstly, i am not a user but a concerned parent. I do not wish to cause any upset to anyone on this website or its users.

    I need some advice about a mobility scooter user. I have no idea about laws regarding them.

    The past 6 months or so. This user always parks scooter in middle of pavement causing some people to walk round onto the road. I have had to walk my two young children onto tbe road many occasions. So have many other parents and other people using the pavement. This happens most of the time during school hours. I cannot say that this user has not made any attempt to park closer to one side to allow more space for people to pass by. I had a quiet word with this user explaing my concerns. Only to be told she can stop and park anywhere they like.

    Also saw mothers go onto the road with buggy when the scooter is travelling towards them. Am not kidding

    This mobility scooter not small. Takes up more than half the width of pavement.

    Am sure this person needs it for some reason but all i ask is be considerate for other people that use the pavement.

    I would be grateful for any advice you can offer

    Thank you

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  10. Richard Newton
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    Hello John January 29th 2017
    With regards to your silly parking problem. The owner of the scooter needs reporting to the police. I use a scooter regularly and would suspect that the person concerned has no idea of the problems they are causing. I gather from your correspondence that the owner has expressed no interest other than to give you verbal abuse. Call the police and let them deal with it. If they refuse, and I doubt that they will, you insist. This person has no right to block the pavement in such a way. They are giving mobility scooter users a bad name.

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