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Differences between Class 2 and Class 3 scooters & buggies

Differences between Class 2 and Class 3 scooters & buggies

Class 2

Legally these vehicles are able to travel up to 6.4kph (4mph) on pavements and are allowed on the road only to cross from one side of the road to the other. (Directgov, 2011), (DVLA, 2011), (BHTA, 2004).

Insurance is not essential but it is strongly recommended that you take out insurance to cover injury to yourself, to others and to cover the value of the scooter or buggy. (Ricability, 2010), (BHTA, 2004).

Listed below are three categories of class 2 scooters and buggies - indoor/outdoor, outdoor and buggies - and the main differences between each of them.


Class 2 indoor/outdoor scooters

  • Three-wheeled vehicles
  • Indoor use
  • Limited outdoor use on even surfaces
  • Tiller steering
  • Some have a limited kerb climbing facility (9cm)
  • Short/medium distance range
  • Can be dismantled for transporting
  • Can travel up to 6.4kph (4mph)

Class 2 outdoor scooters

  • Three or four-wheeled vehicles
  • Not for domestic indoor use
  • Outdoor use on uneven ground
  • Tiller steering
  • Kerb climbing of 10cm or more
  • Medium/long distance range
  • Can be dismantled for transporting
  • Can travel up to 6.4kph (4mph)


Class 2 buggies

  • Four-wheeled
  • No indoor use
  • Outdoor use on rough ground
  • Tiller steering
  • Kerb climbing of 10cm or more
  • Medium/long distance range
  • Cannot be dismantled

Class 2 scooters & buggies

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Class 2 scooters and buggies are ideal for use on pavements with a maximum speed of 4 mph

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Class 3

Class 3 vehicles tend to be larger and can be used on the roads where they can travel up to 12.8kph (8mph). You do not require a driving license but should comply with the Highway Code at all times. (Directgov, 2011), (DfT, 2011), (BHTA, 2004).

Class 3 vehicles are not allowed on motorways, bicycle tracks or bus/cycle lanes, but are legally allowed on dual carriageways.


Class 3 scooters

  • Three and four-wheeled
  • Not for domestic indoor use
  • Outdoor use on uneven ground
  • Tiller steering
  • Kerb climbing of 10cm or more
  • Cover long distances
  • Cannot be dismantled

Class 3 buggies

  • Four-wheeled
  • Not for indoor use
  • Kerb climbing of 10cm or more
  • Cover long distances
  • Most cannot be dismantled and therefore require ramps or lifts to transport them in a vehicle or car trailer

There are rules for class 3 vehicles to be fitted with all the below features. (DfT, 2011)

  • Lights
  • Indicators
  • Horn
  • Rear view mirror
  • Rear reflectors

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Buggies and scooters

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Mobility scooters and buggies may be a good means to enable you to remain independent, giving you the ability to visit the shops, family and friends whenever you wish

Class 3 scooters & buggies

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Class 3 powered scooters and buggies are intended primarily for outdoor use and uneven terrain (land/ground), and have a maximum speed of 8mph on most roads

Advice last checked: 16 October 2014 Next check due: 16 October 2017

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References

  1. DfT 2011  Code of practice for Class 3 vehicle users
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  2. Directgov 2011  Highway Code
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  3. DVLA 2011  Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
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