Mobility scooters: Do I need road tax?

 

Mobility scooter drivers have been in the news recently for breaking the law by not registering their scooters. However, not all scooters have to be registered. Here we will help you to understand if yours needs to be registered and how you can do it.  

Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come in two categories:

  • “Class 2 invalid carriages” – These have a maximum speed of 4mph and can’t be used on the road (except where the pavement is blocked)
  • “Class 3 invalid carriages” – These can be used on the road and have a maximum speed of 4mph off the road, and 8mph on the road.

If you are unsure which type of scooter or powered wheelchair you have, contact your manufacturer.

Scooters or powered wheelchairs which are class 2 do not need to be registered.

However, if you have a class 3 you must register this by law. Follow the steps below to register.

How to register a class 3 scooter or powered wheelchair

You don’t have to pay tax for your class 3 invalid carriage but you do have to register it. Here is how you do it:

  1. Find out if your scooter or powered wheelchair is new or used.
  2. If it’s a new vehicle, complete a V55/4 form. You can order one of these forms free of charge here: https://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/
    Select ‘V55/4 form’ at the end. Alternatively, you can get one of these forms from your local Post Office.
  3. If it’s a used vehicle, complete a V55/5 form. You can order one of these forms free of charge here: https://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/
    Select ‘V55/5 form’ at the end. Alternatively, you can get one of these forms from your local Post Office.
  4. There’s a handy guide of how to fill in a V55/4 form for new vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/v3554-application-for-first-vehicle-tax-and-registration-of-a-new-motor-vehicle-v554
  5. There’s also a handy guide of how to fill in a V55/5 form for used vehicles:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/v3555-application-for-first-vehicle-tax-and-registration-of-a-used-motor-vehicle-v555
  6. Once your form is completed, send the form, along with evidence of the vehicle’s age (if this is available) and documents containing the keeper’s name and address, to:

DVLA Swansea,
SA99 1BE

If you need further information about this you can call the DVLA Contact Centre on 0300 790 6802.

Invacare Colibri Scooter

Colibri in Sunstone Orange

Introducing an exclusive online offer…The new and stylish Colibri Scooter from Invacare effortlessly fits around your lifestyle. It has a LiteLock system which means it can be easily dismantled into five pieces in under a minute, and it fits in any car boot, making it ideal for those who enjoy their independence.

The comfortable seat, combined with its LiteLock system and its 16km range, mean it’s easy to get around. It’s also lightweight – the heaviest part is only 15.6kg. You can choose small or large wheels, and there’s a choice between a 12AMP battery and an 18AMP.

Colibri is easily dismantled

The Colibri is all about personal choice and there are five colour options: Sapphire Blue; Jasper Red; Jade Green; Sunstone Orange; and Marble White. Colours can be clipped on and off, which means you can buy alternative colours and personalise your scooter every time you use it!

For our local customers, we offer a FREE home demonstration and assessment, which means that one of our Scooter Specialists can visit you in the comfort of your own home and help you to decide which style of scooter would be suitable for you.

Colibri dismantled

It’s also worth considering where you might store your scooter when you’re not using it. If you’re storing it outside or using it in the rain, we would recommend a scooter cover to keep dry. We have a range of scooter accessories in the ‘Travel and Transport’ section of our Online Shop, which can be found here: http://www.clarkshop.co.uk/shop/travel-transport/scooters-accessoriesEnjoy your independence with the Colibri

Order your Colibri Scooter with our exclusive online offer of £695 (excluding VAT). This is a saving of £100! This offer is online only.

To find out more or to order yours today, click here: http://www.clarkshop.co.uk/shop/special-offers/colibri-detail

Watch our demonstration below:

The Colibri is on display at our Sheffield City Centre shop on Wellington Street. Find our shop details here: http://www.clarkshop.co.uk/shops/10-wellington-street

Wellington Street

Invacare Esprit Action4 NG Folding Powered Wheelchair

Esprit Powered Wheelchair

We’re very excited to announce the arrival of a new and unique product to our range. Invacare’s Esprit Action4 NG is a powered wheelchair which can be easily folded up to go in the car. With electric wheelchairs, this wouldn’t be possible because a hoist is needed.

It’s ideal for transporting as it’s compact, easy to dismantle and lightweight – its heaviest part only weighs 15kg. The wheelchair is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and it has a reduced overall width (seat plus 170mm), meaning you can manoeuvre round the tightest of spaces.

Almost all the features on the Esprit Action4 NG are adjustable. Different seat widths and depths are available and the frame positions and armrest can be easily altered.

It can be transformed into a manual wheelchair by removing the wheels and compact battery pack without the use of tools. There’s also an option of an attendant control from behind the wheelchair.

This incredible product is versatile and ideal for those who like to get about easily, particularly if you require a wheelchair which is easily dismantled and transportable.

It is available in four different colours: Ocean Blue, Slate Grey, Pearl White or Anthracite Black.

We have a wheelchair specialist team who are always on hand to help with any enquiries or to provide information. They provide demonstrations to our wheelchair range, and also assessments.

If you have any queries about the Esprit Action4 NG Folding Powered Wheelchair, or any of our products, don’t hesitate to call our Web Sales team on 0114 229 33 74.

Invacare Alber Twion M24 Powered Wheels

Twion wheels

We are excited to announce the arrival of a new product. The Alber Twion M24 Powered Wheels from Invacare are ideal for active or sporty wheelchair users. The wheels give extra power and can reach up to 6km/h (3.7mph).They are simple to handle and are highly agile.

A sensor on the hand rim calculates the right amount of support. They adapt to dynamic lifestyles and will give you maximum freedom and independence.  The wheels weigh only 6kg each so can easily be removed and loaded into a car.

Twion wheels are easily removed

The Twion wheels are easily attached by fitting the small bracket to the wheelchair frame. They also have an efficient energy recovery system which feeds energy back into the batteries when the user brakes. This has a range extension of 10% which gives greater freedom.

For smartphone users, there’s a free app called “Twion Mobility App” which can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store. This can be used to diagnose any problems and put you in direct contact with Invacare’s Service Team.

There's an app too

Invacare’s Alber Twion M24 Powered Wheels are available in a choice of stylish colours.

If you have a question about this or any of our other products, our Web Sales team would be on hand to help you. Call us on 0114 229 33 74 or email websales@clarkandpartners.co.uk

Twion wheels

If you are a Motability customer you should read this…

From 8 April 2013 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability. You may need an assessment to work out the level of help you get.

PIP is paid every 4 weeks. It’s tax free and can be paid if you’re in or out of work. It is made up of 2 components, daily living and mobility, whether you get 1 or both of these depends on how your condition affects you.

You may qualify for PIP if you are aged 16 to 64 and have difficulty with:

  • ‘activities of daily living’
  • mobility
  • terminal illness
  • daily living difficulties

Most people getting DLA won’t be affected until 2015 or later. You may be affected earlier if your condition changes, or you reach the end of your existing DLA award.

You can go to https://www.gov.uk/pip for more information and use the PIP checker to find out:

  • when your DLA will be affected
  • what happens to your DLA
  • when you can make a new claim for PIP

If you need advice on how to get the best from your PIP, simply call Clark & Partners.
They are a local company who can supply a vast range of daily living aids and mobility products.

To find your nearest showroom call us on 0800 783 3832 or go to www.clarkandpartners.co.uk for more details.

And Now For Something Different…..

The Vita from TGA is amongst the most advanced and stylish scooters in the world. It has full suspension featuring double wishbone suspension at the front, and a mono shock absorber at the rear utilizing revolutionary technology from the motor cycle industry. A robust rear wheel drive system propelled by a powerful motor will provide one of the smoothest and most comfortable rides that you will find.

An intuitive liquid crystal display instrument console clearly shows accurate real time information of everything you need including speed, time and temperature. A handy trip computer shows how far you have travelled and a battery condition indicator shows the amount of charge remaining so you will never be caught short. The whole instrument panel is conveniently back lit so it is easily read in low light.
Speed control levers on either side of the console are designed to give forward and reverse control from either side, the top speed can be easily controlled with a handy hi / low switch limiting the scooter to either 4mph for pavement use or 8 mph for use on the road.
Its modern LED lighting system provides super bright lights, with less power consumption, longer life and are maintenance free – proving that Vita really is a glimpse of the future of mobility scooters. Vita’s unparalleled good looks and sleek modern clean lines put it far ahead of the competition. Available in a choice of vibrant metallic Orange, White and now Blue it is sure to bring many admiring glances and much more freedom and pleasure to your life.
Vita has been designed to take practically everything on for you at the touch of a button. Its onboard control computer gives you smooth pull-aways and automatic braking. Everything has been thought of, there is even an emergency brake that stops the scooter and cuts the motor in case of emergency.
Fully adjustable comfortable seat, with adjustable backrest, headrest and armrests, all round alloy wheels and 80mm (3.1”) ground clearance, allow Vita to negotiate even the trickiest of terrain with ease.
It comes complete with a market leading 2 year parts & labour warranty.
• User weight – up to 28 stone
• Maximum speed up to 8 mph
• Adjustable tiller
• Polished alloy wheels
• Pneumatic tyres
• Rear storage pocket
• Anti-tip wheels
• Heavy duty 50 Amp batteries – for a range of approximately 20 miles
• Ergonomic control levers
• Emergency braking system
• Cup holders
• Super bright head lights, indicators and hazard warning lights
• Energy saving mode
• Fully adjustable seat

 
Don’t miss out, call us today for your free no obligation home demo on 0114 229 3388

On Your Doorstep

Clark and Partners have been established for over 50 years and are well known for mobility throughout the area. They have 7 shops which can be found at Hillsborough, Wellington Street Sheffield, Doncaster Centre, Huddersfield, Derby City Centre and Rotherham General Hospital. Our biggest and busiest shop is situated at our Head Office Orgreave near Handsworth.

The shop is open Monday to Friday 9am till 5 pm and Saturdays 9am-12.30pm. It’s located on Orgreave Way just off Retford Road at Handsworth and is very easy to find with lots of free parking.

The shop has a vast amount of products on display for sale direct to the public, including Scooters, Rise and Recline Chairs, Manual and Powered Wheelchairs, Bathing Equipment, Beds and even a working Stannah Stair lift. Situated at Head Office, with an extensive warehouse, stocks are high and readily available. The shop also features a newly extended shoe and slipper department for all your footwear needs.

The helpful and experienced staff are on hand with good advice and have a great deal of knowledge within the mobility field. There is a Specialist Wheelchair and access team also based at Orgreave, so everything you could ever need is right there.

Visit today at 1 Orgreave Way Sheffield S13 9LS or call 0114 229 3391, email orgreave@clarkandpartners.co.uk

Summer days

Derek's Scooter

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Yes! The spring is finally here. You can’t help but notice the weather gradually brightening up as each week passes, the bright dewy mornings, sunny afternoons and lighter evenings. I have to say I love this time of year as it always comes with a feel good factor. During the last few weeks I’ve spent time visiting customers that must feel the same too judging by the influx in scooter sales recently.

On days like these it’s always nice to get out and about because lets face it, nobody want to be stuck indoors at this time of the year. Although for a lot of people the decision to go out can be a tricky one especially if mobility’s an issue.

There are many scooters on the market at the moment and as I learn’t to my surprise there seems to be quite a choice depending on the customer’s general requirements. The range stocked by Clark and Partners is very wide with something to suit every need.

For those customers wanting to transport their scooter or perhaps with space issues at home, a lightweight portable scooter that takes apart to fit in your car boot is ideal. Often called Mini or Boot scooters these models are called the Supershoppa, the Little Gem or the Lynx, they are great for shopping, taking on holiday or visiting friends, these scooters are generally among our highest sellers.

Move up from this and the next choice is what’s called a Midi, these are the Supertravella, the Sapphire 2 or the Leo, like the Mini this is a 4mph scooter but is a little larger and therefore rides the bumps a bit better and may suit those using the scooter from home. Some of these will take apart like a Mini but the individual parts are larger so this would be a more occasional activity perhaps for a holiday.

The large scooters such as the TGA Vita, the Landlex Gazelle or the Drive Sportrider suit those people who will only use the scooter from home; they are much larger and with their individual styling will suit clients wanting to go larger distances or simply want something that bit nicer or more comfortable.

As part of the service here at Clark and Partners you could even try the scooters out from the comfort of your own home with a free no obligation demonstration with our scooter representative Derek York, to see for yourself the benefits this could have on your mobility.

To arrange a test drive call me at Orgreave on 0114 229 3352