Frequently asked questions: Transportation

• Lifting and carrying
• Hoists
• Ramps
• Aircrafts
• Trains
• Coaches
• Cruise ships

Can I take a mobility scooter or powerchair on an aircraft?

This will depend on the airline. Contact them before booking.

The airline may impose an excess charge for carrying a vehicle, due to the extra weight.

One question that is always asked by airlines is "What kind of batteries does the vehicle use?"

Most if not all modern vehicles use either a gel or sealed lead acid batteries.

It is worth having this information available before contacting the airline:

• Manufacturer's name
• Model name or number of the battery
• Size and weight of the batteries
• Size and weight of the vehicle to be transported

If in doubt contact the manufacturer or supplier of the vehicle.

Can I take a scooter or powerchair on a train?

Some trains can take wheelchairs and powerchairs. The only way to be certain is to contact the train operator.

Most modern trains have a wheelchair space inside the passenger compartment.

Older slam door type trains may only have space in the guards van.

Mobility scooters may present other problems with any train operator, as you cannot travel sat on a scooter and they are not so easy to load and unload.

Assistance can usually be pre-booked at the stations you are travelling from and to.

Points to consider are:

• How accessible are the stations that you will use?
• Do you need to change trains to get to your destination?
• Your vehicle must be in a safe condition

Check with the operator first if:

• Your vehicle is very wide or long
• Your vehicle is very heavy
• You need to travel with your legs extended
• You need to travel with the backrest reclined

Can I take a scooter or powerchair on a bus or coach?

It is certainly possible to carry mobility vehicles on some buses and coaches.

The only way to be certain is to contact the bus or coach operator.

Most coaches will allow a scooter in the luggage compartment. However a point to remember is that somebody will have to load it which will almost certainly require some dismantling.

If you wish to travel by public transport, there are a number of bus operators who will take wheelchairs, usually under the Dial-a-Ride name.

Check with the operator first if:

• Your vehicle is very wide or long
• Your vehicle is very heavy
• You need to travel with your legs extended
• You need to travel with the backrest reclined

What is the lightest scooter you have?

There are now a large number of lightweight scooters available, and as is true with many things, "you get what you pay for!"

The weight of any one piece is not always the most important factor, some heavier items may be easier to lift than others because of their shape or the vehicle it is going into.

The lightest scooter may not be the most suitable. It is worth considering many things other than weight:

• The area and terrain in which the scooter will be used
• The size and ability of the user, both now and in the future
• The vehicle to be used for transportation
• The ability of the person who will load the scooter into the vehicle

All these points would be covered during our assessment, including training in the use of any mobility vehicle, dismantling and reassembling, and loading and unloading from a car.

What car is the best for loading scooters or powerchairs?

There is no one car that is better than any others. Obviously the choosing of a car is a very personal thing.

Broadly speaking:

• Estate cars are easier than most as they have a flat floor space, and plenty of room with the seats folded
• MPVs have a good amount of luggage space, the seats can be folded, but the floor may be higher from the ground
• Hatchbacks often have reasonable amount of space, seats can often fold, but they often have a sill to lift over
• Saloons have less space, the height of the boot is often a restricting factor, and they usually have a sill to lift over

The most important thing is to try loading and unloading the mobility vehicle before purchase so that any difficulties can be overcome. This applies to whatever method of loading is used.

What ramps are best for loading a scooter or powerchair?

This depends on the scooter/powerchair and the vehicle that it is to be loaded into.

Not all scooters or powerchairs will fit on all ramps.

Small Car Portable scooters will usually require a ramp so long that it will be heavier to lift than the scooter itself.

The only way to be sure is to try the scooter/powerchair with the ramp or ramps and the vehicle to be loaded.

There are a large number of different types of ramp available in different styles and lengths.

Channel ramps: a pair are required for 4-wheel mobility vehicles, 3 for 3-wheelers

Broad or 1 piece ramps: will take 3 or 4 wheelers, but take up more room when stowed

Our assessments always cover the need to load a mobility vehicle into a car and training to do so if it is applicable.

Take back control over your life

The right mobility aids can make a huge difference. Start your transformation today with a free powered mobility assessment from Forr Mobility in Ashford, Kent.

Visit our showroom at Frithfield Farm

Forr Mobility, 
Coopers Lane,
Aldington Frith,
TN25 7HH
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