Saxon Weald recognises the benefits that mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs provide, and believe that our residents should have a quality of life that allows them to have the provision for full mobility.
We also recognise that within a shared scheme environment, it's important to ensure that this does not affect the quality of life of others. It is our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff and that we conform to all relevant fire safety regulations.
If you wish to use a mobility scooter or motorised wheelchair, you must request permission from your scheme or housing manager. This can be done by completing a form and providing the details of the vehicle. You can request the form here. On review of your application, we may refuse to give you permission, or we may provide consent but with conditions attached. If written permission is granted, you must agree to comply with all conditions placed upon the storage and usage of the vehicle.
The DVLA website states that mobility scooter owners should be able to read a car's registration plate from a distance of 12.3m or 40ft. We recommend that this is undertaken regularly but should we have concern over your eye sight, we may ask you for proof that you are able to carry out this function safely.
Storage and Charging
To meet fire safety regulations, all mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs must be stored in designated areas. Communal areas and fire escape routes, must remain clear of obstructions at all times. Spaces within scooter stores is unallocated but all residents should park considerately of other users and unplug their appliance once it's fully charged.
Permission for storage within a resident's flat can be given as long as the vehicle is Class 2 (powered wheelchairs and those mobility scooters designed for use on the pavement and in shopping areas, with a maximum speed of 4 mph).
Mobility Scooter and Motorised Wheelchair - Golden Rules
Users must check carefully before reversing to ensure the area behind is clear.