Researching and buying a mobility scooter or deciding on the right wheelchair can be a tough process and requires some research. The following information has been put together to ensure that you can feel secure in your purchase.
Firstly, we should note that there are no differentiating factors between self-propelled and powered wheelchairs in Irish Law.
In the UK, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are categorised into three classes. It is useful to look at these classes as they will help differentiate different products available in the Irish market.
The categories are as follows:
Class 1: Wheelchairs and mobility scooters that are propelled by the user or an attendant. They are not propelled by electricity. They are especially useful for people with short term injuries and people who don’t need to use a mobility vehicle at all times. They require good upper body strength particularly over long distances.