The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has for some time been engaging with the Department for Transport regarding changing the rules on weight for mobility vehicles, and Ray Hodgkinson met with Transport Minister Norman Baker to discuss this.

New guidance has now been issued this week by the Department for Transport, which includes a maximum unladen weight of 150kg for a Class 3 vehicle. The guidance also allows for “necessary user equipment” to be carried on mobility vehicles and gives a new upper weight limit of 200kg for vehicles laden with equipment necessary “to meet specific clinical, postural, hygienic, caring or nursing requirements of the user”.

Helpfully for BHTA members, the guidance says “We recommend always going to an approved supplier who should also assess your needs and help you to choose the right vehicle” and refers users to BHTA for more information about suppliers.

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