People who use mobility aids
Many people associate disability with wheelchairs, but only a small proportion of disabled people are wheelchair users.
Bear in mind that an individual may use more than one type of walking aid, for example to cover longer or shorter distances, or because their needs change throughout a day or on different days.
Someone who uses a mobility aid may not use it all the time. For example, some people are full-time wheelchair users and others are “ambulatory” (can walk) some of the time.
Here we provide some basic information about using different mobility aids in the context of public EV charging.
For more details about mobility aids in general, try an Independent Living Centre, for example Devon County Council’s guides to mobility equipment (opens in a new window).
Mobility scooters can range from large heavy ones with the biggest turning circles to small, lightweight foldable ones.
For public EV charging, people using mobility scooters may:
- Need plenty of space to move and turn around near the vehicle and at a charging unit
- Have large parts of the scooter in front of them, which can restrict their forward reach
- Need to see, reach and use parts of a charging unit from seated height, if they cannot stand
- Need space next to or behind a vehicle to unfold a scooter, or to move it in and out of the vehicle
- Need space to use ramps or lifts to move a scooter, sometimes being driven, in and out of the vehicle
Take a look at our suggestions for making public EV charging more accessible