Taking Mobility Scooters On Public Transport Buses

I recently saw that someone online was wondering if they can take a mobility scooter on a bus in the UK.

If the thought is to take one on the bus as a mobility scooter is usually seen, and not folded up, also to be able to ride the scooter straight onto the bus then i doubt that there would be many bus services that could accommodate this that are running as part of public transport services.

Although many newer buses on many routes in cities and towns throughout the UK can accommodate people much better now with wider entrances, more spacious areas at the front of buses, hydraulics to lower and raise the platforms for people to step onto and off of the bus easier and the ability to push a wheelchair easier on many buses, there’s still a few problems in place that would make it difficult to ride a mobility scooter onto a bus.

Most mobility scooters are too wide to be able to manoeuvre onto and off of a bus without problems, the only way to take a mobility scooter onto a bus is with a folding one, and preferably one that folds without any or too many parts having to be removed first.

Also the problem of being able to position the mobility scooter quickly and without problems on the bus would be difficult, unlike a wheelchair that can be turned and moved in a way that wont cause any obstruction once securely position to one side near the front of a bus.

The power that a mobility scooter has could also make it difficult to steer on and off of a bus safely, and there’s also the fact that as many bus stops have shelters and some are more narrow than others, that even if the bus can accommodate a mobility scooter easily, that the task of trying to move through the bus stop may prove to be a challenge in itself.

While public transport lends itself much better now to people with mobility needs, there are still a few challenges faced that currently prevent some mobility aids from being used on some forms of public transport.

16 Responses

  1. Contax
    Contax at |

    Hi All, This got me thinking, how about a tail lift on back of rural busses to put mobility scooters on but then there would probably be a couple of scooters at every bus stop so that would never work, no way they could be carried inside a normal bus, look at the problems with the free bus pass when allowed to travel free at peak time the bus is full of free riders there is no room for workers trying to get to work.

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  2. Rachel
    Rachel at |

    I have a SHOPRIDER MONACO which is small enough to drive into my flat without too much difficulty. It is shorter and more easier to manoeuvre than the PICK-ME-UP which was allowed on buses. I have also been informed from the head office of FIRST BUS that is against the law for any bus driver to refuse any person using a class 1 or 2 scooter. I have problems with my hips and my husband can’t push me in my wheelchair. My scooter gives me independence that I would not have in a wheelchair. Also, if you are in a wheelchair, people expect you to not have two pennies to rub together in the mental department. I get the respect that I DESERVE, the same that able-bodied people get. It is discrimination for any transport such as buses, taxis and trains to refuse me. My scooter can go in a train and a taxi, and it can fit lovely on a bus. I need to be able to access any bus, as I need to be able to get to hospitals. Also, what is the point of me having a bus pass, when I can’t use it.

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  3. Russ Bazley
    Russ Bazley at |

    hi, I have read with intrest, the possible difficulties of boarding buses with a mobility scooter and welcome further response from people who either are or are not able to use this facility and if any preliminary advise/assessment was offered if any, many thaks Russ

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  4. fran benedetto
    fran benedetto at |

    Hi,

    I have a small mobility scooter, and did manage easily to get onto a bus last week, however i was told by the driver that this was not legal and i could be removed from the bus at anytime. when i arrived at my destination i rang the bus company and spoke to the appropriate person in charge of all of these issues, he informed me that scooters were not allowed on brighton and hove buses as the tiller on the scooter would cause the bus to lose its centre of gravity and be a danger…..i have to say in my defence that i weigh more than my scooter!, it is thin enough and light enough to manoevure in the bus with ease, as for the tiller, im afraid this is nonsense, if this were true then people would have to stand or sit with their arms in the air to prevent any change in the buses centre of gravity, i am now stuck at home, or faced with the choice of using a taxi which is £8( each way) for a 3 mile trip to my local shops, i also want to add, that i would happily wait for the next bus if one arrived and already had pushchairs on and no room for one more!, and i would seriously like some help in getting this law changed….my local company wont allow ANY wheelchairs on without inspecting them first, and i do not see why this same inspection cant be allowed for mobility scooters…..frustrated of brighton i am and will be forever it seems!

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  5. d fawcett
    d fawcett at |

    Hi, In response to Fran benedetto,i think they may have misunderstood what was meant when they talked about the tiller. What they will have meant is that the tiller can move when the bus negotiates a bend causing the center of gravity of the scooter to change whuich coukld cause it to tip up.
    Also devices which are fitted with handlebar type tillers are not permitted on buses due to the risk of injury to other customers…

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  6. Answers To Where You Can And Possibly Cant Take Your Mobility Scooter | Mobilityright.co.uk

    […] Can i take my mobility scooter on a bus? Answer: More often than not they are not allowed to be taken on a bus in the sense of you riding […]

  7. Mrs. Kathleen Haywood
    Mrs. Kathleen Haywood at |

    I would be gratefulto receive any helpful information regarding mobility scooter travel,or any sort of helpful hints,pamphlets,groups etc.but please no people selling products

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  8. Russ
    Russ at |

    Hi Kathleen, the first port of call would be to approach/contact your local shop mobility & community transport team, they should be able to help cheers Russ

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  9. steve organ
    steve organ at |

    AT LAST! ALL BUS COMPANIES MEMBERS OF THE cpt NOW ARE ISSUING SCOOTER PERMITS. SEE YOUR LOCAL BUS CO OR THE cpt / SCOOTERS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. happy travelling!

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  10. robert Owen
    robert Owen at |

    I have just had a demo from Quingo mobility for 1 of their smaller scooters. Having gone through the sales info etc, I said that I needed to take this mobility on a bus, as I do not have a car. For this info, I had to phone MetroBus. Answer was “No, you cannot bring on our buses” end of story. They would only take non-powered wheelchairs. so a bit of a problem on this, but I will get there whatever, but any machine will have to be powered to take on a bus. I believe even the new Olympic eco friendly bus had to be re-deseigned to take wheelchairs and mobility scooters comfortably. where there is a will……
    Rob in Crawley.

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  11. Julia Oboyle
    Julia Oboyle at |

    Mobility Aid Recognition Scheme on London Busses.
    Check out this list of mobility scooters that are allowed on London Busses. If they have done this other companies should follow suite.

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/tfl-guide-to-approved-mobility-scooters.pdf

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  12. Julia Oboyle
    Julia Oboyle at |

    Further information here also

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/transportaccessibility/1171.aspx

    Having a pass that recognises you scotter as suitable is a brilliant idea.

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  13. derek
    derek at |

    It was intended to take powered scooters on buses and the rules were simple. if it has NOT got indicators (type 2) it can go on a bus. if it HAS got indicators (type 3). Simple. Then someone found a tape measure and made it that the maximan length of the scooter would be 1000mm when most scooters are 1200mm in length but the area they go into on the bus must be 1800mm and so we are getting a refusel to go on the bus
    This is set down by CPT and it is not helping

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  14. STEVE WEST
    STEVE WEST at |

    WHAT UTTER RUBBISH.
    BUS DRIVERS ARE LEGALLY OBLIGED TO ALLOW A DISABLED PERSON ACCESS TO TRAVEL WITH A SCOOTER
    I OFTEN DRIVE ON / DRIVE OFF BUSSES IN MY LARGE SCOOTER WITH ALWAYS THE HELP OF SYMPATHETIC DRIVERS – IF THEY REFUSE U CALL THE POLICE
    STEVE WEST
    LLANDAFF

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  15. owen crompton
    owen crompton at |

    I have bought a stand up Rollerscoot.amybody know if these ate legal to travel on buses

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