Hiring or leasing a mobility scooter could be a good option if you’d like to try out a scooter, before committing to buying your own. It's also handy if you only need a mobility scooter for a short time period, for example, if you're recovering from an accident or injury, or just going on a day trip.
There are a few important things to think about when hiring a mobility scooter:
Lots of mobility shops provide mobility scooter hire schemes. You could lease a scooter for a day, a week or a month.
National businesses you can hire scooters from include Mobility Hire, Mobility Giant, National Mobility Hire Limited and Concord Mobility. Ask your local disability living centre about other rental options in your area.
Some big supermarkets, DIY shops, tourist attractions and National Trust properties also have mobility scooters available to use within their premises.
If you’d like to hire a mobility scooter for a holiday, ask the company if they can arrange for scooters to be delivered to destinations in the UK and abroad.
You usually lease your Motability scooter for three years. Here are six things you need to know about the scheme:
As well as those on lower-rate DLA and PIP payments, you can take part in the scheme if you are currently getting the higher-rate of DLA or the enhanced-rate mobility component of the PIP.
It’s also open to people receiving the war pensioners’ mobility supplement and the armed forces independence payment.
One of Motability’s mobility scooter dealers will come to your home to assess your needs, and they'll allow you to test drive a scooter before you choose one.
Payment starts from £12.50 a week, and the Motability scheme arranges for the relevant amount to be paid direct to them every four weeks.
The scheme also includes insurance from RSA Motability, breakdown assistance and servicing.
If you’re not receiving a disability benefit but think you might be eligible for the scheme, contact the government Disability Service Centre helpline on 0800 121 4600.
Shopmobility is a charity that helps people with mobility difficulties (whether permanent or temporary) in city centres and shopping centres by hiring out electric scooters or wheelchairs.
Bring ID showing your name and address to register on your first visit to a Shopmobility centre. Staff should be on hand to help you decide which mobility scooter to go for and to give training in how to use it.