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Can I Carry A Child On My Mobility Scooter?

Mobility scooters seem no different to other types of transport that people use when it comes to what people will try to do with them.

There is always the temptation to overload or to try adding something that is probably not a good idea to add or attempting to make it do something that it was not designed for.

Children often find it fun to be the passenger on things like mobility scooters which hold a kind of novelty element for them.

They may see a parent, grandparent or someone else they know using a mobility scooter and want a quick fun ride as a passenger as quite often a child will not see the dangers in a situation.

Not wanting to disappoint, it can be quite tempting to let a child get onto the mobility scooter with you, either for a quick fun ride or to take them with you to the local shops maybe.

The problem is that a mobility scooter is designed to carry one person only, the user, and attempting to carry a child on one, even though you are operating it, not only puts the child at risk but yourself too.

The danger of doing this on the pavement is enough to avoid doing it but if you take your mobility scooter onto the road then clearly this significantly increases the danger that you would be putting yourself and a child in.

A child might also fall from the scooter or possibly distract you while you’re operating it or the child might even reach for the controls and try and take over the operation of it.

Trying to carry a child with you on your mobility scooter is best avoided, even though it might seem like a fun idea at the time, it may lead to distractions and accidents.

15 Responses

  1. Lisa
    Lisa at |

    So, the fact that my my father thinks its ok to pull my 2 year old, on the back of his scooter, in a radio flyer wagon, on the streets, is not o.k., if not illegal? I’m certain the answer is no, its not ok. Just checking.

  2. RobBoyd
    RobBoyd at |

    So how does a single parent get from point A to B when they have no assistance with the child. Seriously, seems a need to be addressed.

  3. Debs
    Debs at |

    Robboyd I agree, I use a car but need a mobility scooter for shops a bicycle type adaption attached to seat post rather than stearing column. Also not the pull along type so you know what your children are doing.

    1. SarahBen
      SarahBen at |

      Did you get an adaptation for your mobility scooter? I have this issue too and can’t find anything to help me out!!

      1. SarahBen
        SarahBen at |

        Also have you googled the charity remap? They might be able to help…

  4. Ashley
    Ashley at |

    I am a single parent with a 5yr old and thinking about getting a 2 seater mobility scooter as it’s the only transport I have and can not leave her alone any advice r help would be very greatful

  5. Laura
    Laura at |

    Pregnant and have no idea how to travel with baby without my scooter on bad days. No one has any answers.

  6. donna m shepler
    donna m shepler at |

    I live in a Senior Apt building ; a grandma in here gets to babysit her 2 small Grand-daughters and one is a very small baby She carries both of them on her scooter –it is scary ! And 2 days ago she almost ran into my Mom and I coming off the elevator / if we would not have quickly moved she would have hit us head on . I wish I could report her somewhere ! She has no respect. But really –two small girls on her scooter and one is a baby !

  7. Kath
    Kath at |

    Hi if been looking to see if it’s illegal to push a pram while operating a mobility scooter, one hand on pram and one hand controlling mobility scooter as I am concerned about my 1yr old grandson with his other grandad can some one help please thanks

  8. Rebecca
    Rebecca at |

    I am having to use a mobility scooter but have a under 1 year old and a toddler how can I get around with them are there a seat I can buy

  9. Annon
    Annon at |

    Let’s face it health and safety have gone nuts. My 2yr old twin grandson stand on my scooter with me. We only cross road on the crossing. They have been taught not too touch the controls and they have to wait to get off until I say so. (They wont!)
    We go slow and we get where we need to go
    If they ever get to the point where they dont listen then we stop doing it

  10. nicole
    nicole at |

    so i am injured but still caring for my 3 year old. how can i move around on a scooter with her? It is just the 2 of us and so she cant just walk next to me safely.

  11. William O'Brien
    William O'Brien at |

    I have bought one of the retro invalid scooters – It is more like a motor bike the seat can take a passenger – there is a footrest for a passenger
    I have seen videos with two people on one – I’m told it is illegal in uk?

  12. Harrison
    Harrison at |

    Is it illegal to carry two children( each put their legs through the arm rests…ages 6 and 7 years,
    The mother goes on pavements and crosses major roads.
    I’m really concerned for all even car drivers,buses and trams.
    If illegal whom do I contact.


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