Here at independent Living Minehead, we take great pride in providing the highest quality mobility equipment to our clients. Our team will always go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service ensuring that we can provide you with the best mobility product for your needs. We have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions that have not been answered in this frequently asked question page please feel free to call one of the friendly team members today on – 01643 709000
Are Mobility Scooters allowed on the road?
Three types of “Invalid carriages” (Mobility Scooters) are defined in “The use of Invalid carriages on highways regulations 1988”
Class 1 covers manual wheelchairs
Class 2 covers powered wheelchairs and scooters. These are only suitable for riding on pavements or footpaths and have a maxim speed of 4 mph (6 kilometres on hour)
Class 3 covers powered wheelchairs and other outdoor powered vehicles including mobility scooters. These are suitable for riding on roads and have a top speed of 8 miles an hour (12 Kilometres an hour) and must not weigh more than 150 kilograms without the driver or any load. These scooters also have a switch which limits the top speed to 4mph on pavements and footpaths.
A class 3 vehicle is not legally defined as a motor vehicle and the user does not have to have a driving licence or take a driving test.
However a Class 3 vehicle can only be used by a disabled person aged over 14 years or over or by an able bodied person who is demonstrating a vehicle before selling it, training a disabled person in the use of it or taking it to a place of repair or maintenance.
Class 3 vehicles need to be registered with the DVLA and it must be taxed under the disabled tax classification. There is no fee to pay. You do not need registration plates.
Class 3 are fitted with lights indicators and a horn.
Can mobility scooters go up hills?
The majority of mobility scooters will climb hills. Obviously small Class 2 scooters will have limitations and these are detailed in each scooters handbook. The larger Class 3 Scooters will easily climb the average hill and those fitted with larger more powerful batteries will climb some of our more challenging hills here in West Somerset.
What is the best scooter to buy?
There are many variations of mobility scooter offering differing features that will suit you, such as where you live and the terrain you wish to cover.
We will always advise and assess your needs against any potential scooter.
Things to consider when choosing a mobility scooter
Are the controls comfortable to use over prolonged periods
Can the scooter carry me and my shopping?
Will the scooter be suitable for different types of terrain that it will be used over
Is the scooter stable and safe for me needs?
Do I want it to dismantle for car transportation?
Do I have somewhere to store and charge my scooter via mains electricity?
We have a range of scooters both new and pre owned and are able to guide you as to the best scooter to suit your individual needs.
Can I get off and on it easily?
Where to buy a walking aid?
Walking aids (Rollators) come in a variety of shapes and sizes and finding the right wheeled walking aid for your individual use will require some advise and for you to try the various options in store here at Independent Living Minehead.We can assess and suggest products that suit your needs and offer a try at home service with one of our loan wheeled walkers at no cost.
How to Choose a walking Aid?
There are a number of questions that need to be answered before you choose a walking aid (Rollator) that will suit your individual needs.
Where will you use your walking aid, indoors or outdoors?
Are you looking for a three or four wheel model?
How important is the weight of the walker
Do you need a seat?
Do you have a medical condition that need to be considered?
Consider your build height and weight
Consider your budget
We stock a range of Rollators from a variety of manufacturers and budgets.
Are Stairlifts Safe?
Stairlifts are manufactured to a high standard and our accredited partner work to the highest safety standards and comply with the detailed regulations required by the industry ensuring that each installation is safe.
Are Stairlifts noisy?
The simple answer is no. Stairlifts are battery operated with mains charging and modern stairlifts operate on a track and noise is of a minimal level.
Can Stairlifts go around corners?
Yes. Curved stairlifts have tracks that are specifically designed to suit staircases that turn corners or are spiral. Our accredited stairlift partner designs tracks that will deal with individual stair cases so that you know the track will fit snugly.
Do you hire Rise and Recline Chairs?
Due to health and safety and health considerations we do not offer a hire service for Rise and Recline Chairs.
Which Rise and Recline Chair is best?
Finding which rise and recline chair is best for you will depend on your needs requirements condition and lifestyle.
Would you like to operate the back rest and the legs independently?
Which style or design of fabric and how it will fit in with your home decor and where it will be sited near to a power source
What is your height and weight?
Do you have any medical conditions that need to be considered?
Do you intend to snooze in the chair?
And what sort of budget you have.