Can you travel with a mobility scooter?

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Most mobility scooters can be accommodated, but the easiest way to travel is with a portable mobility scooter.  The Invacare Colibri is a  micro-portable scooter that allows for quick and easy assembly and disassembly for easy travel. While the Invacare Leo is a larger  scooter model it can also be dismantled into four small, manageable pieces for transportation.

Step 1: Remove Seat
Step 2: Remove Battery
Step 3: Disconnect the tiller wiring connector from the controller
Step 4: Hold seat post with one hand, with the other hand push the release lever to the rear of  the scooter
Step 5: Lift the seat post to separate the front frame assembly from the rear assembly pins
Step 6: Fold tiller down to lowest locked position

Travelling in a Car

Most cars, people carriers or SUVs on the market today can hold the 4 sections of the power scooter in the boot without major adaptations.  No trailer hitches or ramps needed. If you do not want to disassemble your scooter and then reassemble with each trip, there are special car carriers that can be used based on your vehicle.  If you do use an outside carrier, you may wish to purchase a cover in order to protect your scooter from the weather elements.

Travelling on a Boat/Cruise Ship

Most cruise lines allow mobility scooters, however, some companies have size requirements in order to be able to get in and out of your stateroom.  Check with your cruise line company while making your reservations. Keep in mind some cruise ships use small tender boats at some ports of call, and not all are equipped for mobility scooters.  Don’t forget to double-check any shore excursions for mobility scooter access as well.

Travelling on a Bus

In most instances, mobility scooters are allowed on buses.  When you are making your reservation, make sure to inquire about their policies for scooters. 

Travelling on a Plane

Airlines are required to check-in free of charge your mobility scooter.  It is best practice to let them know in advance when you make your reservation.  Most airline companies will check your scooter, where it will fly in the cargo area, and provide you transportation to and from the gate as well as on and off the plane.  Just inquire prior to check-in, as some airlines (such as Southwest) require a form to be filled out prior to boarding. Dry cell (non-spillable) and lithium ion batteries can typically stay with your scooter.  Wet cell (spillable) batteries may need to be checked. Make sure you have a luggage tag on your scooter with your contact information. Also, take a photo of your scooter at the airport, that way if any damage occurs during the handling of your scooter, you have proof.

Travelling on a Train

Make sure you ask when you are making your reservation, but most train companies allow for mobility scooters.  Some trains require a permit prior to boarding with your scooter and that there is an elevator or wheelchair accessible exit at your destination station.

Travelling on a Tram

Most tram lines in large cities allow for the use of scooters, but make sure you plan ahead as some trams require a prior purchase of a permit.

Prior to any travel with your scooter, make sure it is in tip-top operating condition.  Check the tire treads, battery charge, mirrors, and lights are all operating correctly. Don’t forget to bring your charger!  With the right preparation and advance notice, often people with mobility scooters can travel by any means with the same options as those without scooters.

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