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On-Road Vs Off-Road Scooters

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  • 10 June 2022

Mobility scooter technology has been revolutionised in recent years. These days, this modest mobility aid performs more like a highly sophisticated vehicle. 

There are essentially two types of mobility scooters, on-road and off-road models. Though they share many similar functions, a few rules do separate the two.

Both versions offer safe, quick and comfortable travel support. But which one is better is a personal choice, dependant on how and where you intend to use it. 

Deciding whether to get an off-road or on-road mobility scooter is a big decision that can feel confusing at times. Scooters can transform everyday life, so it’s vital that you pick the right one for your needs. 

There are lots of things to consider when it comes to on-road versus off-road mobility scooters. Our experts have pulled together this fuss-free guide to help you decide which one is best for you. 

Which is best?


Road legal mobility scooters are often referred to as ‘class 3’ or ‘all-terrain’ vehicles. These models offer users the flexibility to travel on the road as well as the pavement. This is ideal if you live in the countryside or slightly out of reach of local amenities. 

Class 3 mobility scooters, such as the TGA Supersport, are permitted on dual carriageways with a speed limit of 50mph. However, motorways are strictly off limits. For your safety you must keep your amber lights flashing whilst using your scooter on the road. 

As with most road vehicles, you will need to be aware of and follow the highway code. This means that mobility scooters must abstain from using bus or cycle lanes. 

On-road mobility scooters are exempt from road tax and do not need a license plate, but they do need to be registered with the DVLA. However, if you choose an Easy Pay Mobility scooter, we’ll take care of this matter for you. 

A great advantage of an on-road mobility scooter is that they are also permitted on pavements. However, be aware that there is a maximum speed requirement of 4mph when using your scooter in pedestrianised areas. 

It’s very important that those using a class 3 mobility scooter have strong eyesight. The recommendation is that you should be able to read a car’s registration number from at least 40feet/12.3 metres away. This is to protect you and others around you.

Class 3 mobility scooters are larger and more durable than off-road models. Models such as the TGA Breeze S4 are impressively robust. This allows them to tackle much tougher terrains than smaller and lighter scooters. High grade suspension and large wheels allow for a smooth, comfortable ride. This is ideal if you live in rural areas or enjoy exploring the great outdoors.

Compared to smaller models, an on-road scooter has much larger batteries with a longer range. This delivers impressive power, as demonstrated with the Kymco Maxi XLS. This mobility scooter allows users to travel as far as 35miles at speeds of up to 8mph. Confidence that you can go further for longer makes an on-road scooter a reliable option for those who like to travel further afield.

Comfort and safety are prioritised with an on-road mobility scooter. A large, adaptable captain’s chair not only feels luxurious, but offers superior support. Other safety features include:

-    Rear view mirrors
-    Front and rear lights
-    Hazard warning lights
-    Reflectors
-    Braking systems 
-    Direction indicators 
-    Horn

Read more about mobility scooter safety here. 


Off-road mobility scooters are commonly referred to as class 2 vehicles. With a maximum speed of 4mph, class 2 scooters include car boot, folding and medium/pavement models. 

They say great things come in small packages, and we couldn’t agree more. Though these mobility scooters have less flashy specifications, they offer more flexibility in terms of design and functionality. 

The simple technology of an off-road mobility scooter makes it extremely easy to use. Even the most novice of mobility scooter users will be able to confidently use this model in no time.

Off-road scooters are also very versatile and offer a highly portable experience. Foldable models, such as the Pride GoGo Elite Traveller, can be easily collapsed into one compact, transportable unit within seconds. This fuss-free feature makes foldable scooters perfect for days out with friends and families. 

Lightweight models, such as the One Rehab Illusion, can be effortlessly dismantled into smaller, manageable components that are easy to lift, transport and store. These mobility scooters are great if you have a car, as they fit snugly into the space of your boot. 

Highly convenient, off-road mobility scooters are designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. Their lightweight frames and nimble engineering make them perfect for indoor and light outdoor use. Off-road mobility scooters allow you to move freely around your home, carry out daily chores and socialise with friends. 

Class 2 mobility scooters can travel up to 8-10miles before their batteries require a charge. This makes them perfectly suited for short but frequent journeys, or for those living in urban areas. Models such as the Shoprider Sovereign 4 have a maximum speed of 4mph, which is ideal for travelling along walkways and within pedestrian areas. 

Be aware that 4mph can feel a lot quicker than initially expected, so practice scooter safety and be aware of those around you. Other safety tips include keeping an eye out for dropped kerbs to keep you stable and secure. Dropped curbs make for smoother pavement transitions and help to avoid tyre damage. See more mobility scooter driving tips here. 

The Result

When debating what type of mobility scooter is best for you, on-road versus off-road should be an important factor in your final decision. There are pros and cons for both types, but ultimately it comes down to where and how you intend to use your scooter. 

For on-road scooters, consider where you live and where you need to travel to daily. Bear in mind the size, power and speed of on-road models. 

For off-road scooters, think about the type of journeys you want to take and how often. Also consider whether you frequently travel, or if you’d like to be able to take your scooter onto public transport. 

If you’re still unsure, our friendly staff are always on hand to take your call and offer their unbiased advice. 

Made your mind up? View our whole collection of Easy Pay Mobility scooters here.