A Crash Tested pushchair suitable for use in a vehicle. Can also be used for a child with severely challenging behavior where you need something very robust.

If you need something larger than a standard pushchair which has more growth room than a Budget XL or a Maclaren Major Elite and is more robustly made (because the occupant has challenging behaviour or it needs to be used for transportation in a vehicle) and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it then the Trotter may be the answer for you.

If the child is a co-operative occupant then the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair may be a more practical option – lightweight and compact.


At one level the Trotter is basic pushchair for a larger child which is so well made that it will take the sort of punishment that an unco-operative child can give which would break a Major Elite.

It is heavier than a Major Elite but it’s that strength and stability which will give you more confidence.

Surprisingly on it’s wheels it feels like it moves more easily – because the larger wheels make it more free rolling – it’s only when you lift it that you feel the extra weight.

Growth Range

At the next level the Trotter is a basic pushchair for a larger child capable of taking a much wider range of sizes, so it may last much longer and need replacing less often as your child grows.

There are four sizes of the Trotter we focus on the models with the 14″ wide seat which covers the lower leg length of a standard 4 year old to someone over 6 feet tall (provided they are below 45kg weight).

Children often outgrow the seat and lower leg size of the Maclaren Major Elite and can seem uncomfortable and ‘perched’ in a small pushchair even though they are well within the weight limit, this may be especially true of a young person who is slim and long legged.

There is even an optional headrest extension for the longer upper body.

For a child requiring postural support you can use a seat insert with the Trotter, for example a BodyMap or Stabilo Vacuum Support Cushion System.

Crash Tested

Next level is if you need a piece of equipment which can be used to transport a child in a car, bus, school transport. The Trotter is tested to and complies with the necessary regulations for this use BUT you will need to buy extra accessories e.g. Headrest (for possible whiplash injury), Bus Tie Down Clips, Ankle Cuffs etc. as it is only with these fitted that the Trotter fulfils the requirements of the regulations.

This is an area we are not expert in and so far are getting varying advice on what is actually needed – the provision for wheelchairs on buses has no ‘tie down’ and simply requires rear facing in the space behind the driver, parents sometimes complain that school transport wheelchairs do not have headrests and few people use any foot restraint!

We can obtain the accessories which enable you to use the Trotter in a vehicle capable of taking a crash tested seat (i.e. only those specific to the Trotter not fittings for the vehicle).


Our primary interest is to provide equipment for occupants who can walk but not far enough or not in the direction to want!

We do not specifically target occupants whose physical needs are more complex, we do not have the training or expertise or, as a mail order company, the opportunity to do this.

Top level use of the Trotter is for occupants who require more support – but this is more about their ability to maintain their seated posture, to use the pushchair, than any support which is clinically appropriate for their condition.

So if you are interested in the Trotter but need to customise it for specific physical needs then we recommend that you seek the advice of a professional OT.

The Key Features:


  • 12″ model – maximum weight limit 5 stone, 34 kg
  • 14″ model – maximum weight limit 7 stone, 45 kg
  • 16″ model – maximum weight limit 12 stone, 77 kg
  • 18″ model – maximum weight limit 18 stone, 113.4 kg

Long Warranty, robust steel frame

  • Lifetime Warranty frame & cross braces
  • One Year other items, excludes wear & tear to tyres and grips
  • CE marked and has been tested by the factory to ISO 7176/8
    …14″ seat model weighs 15kg, there are other similar products out there weighing maybe 20% less ! but they cost a lot more…much more

Crash Tested

Large folding

  • folds fairly large and long
  • with the footrests in the right position the Trotter will stand upright when folded

10″ rear & 8″ front wheels

  • free rolling on an urban surface
  • puncture proof (not air filled)
  • flexible solid tyres give some shock absorption

Low maintenance

  • wipe clean (sponge-able) fabrics
  • flexible plastic non pneumatic wheels (no punctures !)

Adjustable footrests

  • 16 positions, a huge range
  • 22cm – 58cm (9″ – 23″)
    …simple quick release pins

Adjustable seat depth

  • 12″ model, 30cm – 35cm (12″ – 14″)
  • 14″ model, 33cm – 38cm (13″ – 15″)
  • 16″ model, 35cm – 41cm (14″ – 16″)
  • 18″ model, 38cm – 43cm (15″ – 17″)
    …simply press button

Adjustable seat back and & seat base angles

  • seat back angle – 15 or 22 degrees
  • seat back to base angle – 85 or 90 or 95 degrees
    …requires removing and re-fitting some bolts see Trotter User Manual (page 4)

Five point adjustable height harness

  • 7 height position shoulder strap adjustment, easy to adjust
  • 4 position crotch strap
  • includes reversible (velour/fake fur) soft harness covers on shoulder waist and crotch strap – removable and washable

Parking brake

  • heavy duty adjustable dual rear wheel parking brakes

Kerb assist lever

  • tread on the lever to help lift the front end up over a kerb or step


  • Shopping/Storage bag available as an optional accessory (fits onto the rear of the seat)

VAT Free

  • eligible for VAT relief when purchased for someone with special needs

Whilst the Trotter may be used for someone with special needs the seat may be unsuitable if they require postural management support, if in doubt please seek the advice of your physiotherapist.

There are four Trotter models available

  • TR1200 model 12″ seat – maximum weight limit 5 stone, 34 kg
  • TR1400 model 14″ seat – maximum weight limit 7 stone, 45 kg
  • TR1600 model 16″ seat – maximum weight limit 12 stone, 77 kg
  • TR1800 model 18″ seat – maximum weight limit 18 stone, 113.4 kg

specifications below are for the TR1400 14″ model

The Trotter is ‘crash tested’ it is Approved for use in a vehicle tested to ANSI standard 7176/19, subject to the relevant optional accessories being used.

The Trotter is CE marked and has been tested by the factory to ISO 7176/8

The Trotter has flexible plastic non pneumatic wheels which operate well on smooth surfaces not rough ground.

The Seat can be configured to suit the occupant and has adjustable seat angle.

Whilst the Trotter may be used for someone with special needs the seat may be unsuitable if they require postural management support, if in doubt please seek the advice of your physiotherapist.

Please note that the specifications listed below are as accurate as is practical to give, they are rounded for ease of presentation and are subject to manufacturers change without Notice. If a particular dimension is critical to you then contact us for an exact figure.

Trotter TR1400 14″ Model - Please contact us for other sizes


Length footrest high 37″ 94cm
footrest low 45.5″ 116cm
Width (inc wheel hubs) 25.5″ 65cm
Gap between front wheels 12″ 30cm
Handle Height 41″ 104cm
Lower Leg (seat to footplate) High Range 9″ – 13″ 22 – 33cm
Low Range 18″ – 23″ 46 – 58cm
Footrest Depth 7.5″ 19cm
Seat Height from Floor rear 18″ 46cm
Headroom to Storm Cover 26″ 66cm
Seat Angle Adjustable 15 or 22 degrees
Seat Back to Base Angle Adjustable 85, 90 or 95 degrees
Seat Back Width (between frame) 13.5″ 34cm
Shoulder Width (not limited by frame) 15.5″ 39cm
Seat Width at Knee 13.5″ 34cm
Seat Depth adjustable min 12″ 30cm
med 13″ 33cm
max 14″ 36cm
Seat Back Height 21″ 53cm
Wheel Diameter Front 8″ 20cm
Rear 10″ 25cm
22″ 56cm
Weight (approx.)
34lbs 16kg
Maximum Load 100lbs 45kg

Folded 14″ Model - Please contact us for other sizes

Length 47″ 120cm
Height 13″ 33cm
Width 16″ 41cm
Weight Footrests Off 29lbs  13.5kg
Boxed Size (for shipping) 124cm x 37cm x 39cm Gross Weight 18.8kg

Trotter Pushchair prices:

  • 12″ – £369 + VAT (0%)
  • 14″ - £389 + VAT (0%)
  • 16″ and 18″ – £399 + VAT (0%)

  (inc. delivery to UK mainland)

For more information and to order your Trotter Pushchair online, visit our specialist ecommerce website:

Or call us on 01363 881110 and we will take your order over the phone.

There may be various sources for help with funding, not just for mobility equipment but also day to day living needs, e.g.

  • Disability Living Allowance - financial support from the Government
  • NHS Mobility Equipment
  • NHS Independent Wheelchair Vouchers/Personal Wheelchair Budget (England)
  • Charity Grants

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

This is a Benefit, financial support from the Government if your child has a health condition.

This is a universal benefit it is not means tested so it does not matter what your family income is or if you are receiving other Benefits.

You may not realise you are entitled to it and it is not for mobility alone it is to help with all sorts of additional costs you incur to support your child. If you are not already receiving DLA then we recommend you ask your health professional and visit here:

NHS Mobility Equipment

The NHS provides equipment through their Wheelchair Services Departments but it's much more than Wheelchairs which they supply, and for children often pushchairs.

To begin with you need to have your child assessed by your local NHS Wheelchair Services Department, you can find yours at this link below:

It is difficult to advise if your child will be eligible without contacting them because each Wheelchair Service either has different rules or interprets the rules differently.

For general guidance a child with a physical condition which affects their mobility is more likely to be eligible than a child with only a behavioural condition even though they may need mobility equipment for their safety.

If your child has both a behavioural condition and a physical condition then approach your local Wheelchair Services about the physical condition initially.

Some Wheelchair Services will deal with you direct without a referral from a health professional, others will ask you to get a referral from a health professional. Health professionals may be pessimistic about the likelihood of your child being eligible or predict it will take months, they are not always right so don't be put off, push for the referral.

It is also important to be rejected by the NHS for mobility equipment before applying for a Grant from a Charity because the Charities are not there to subsidise the NHS.

NHS Independent Wheelchair Vouchers/Personal Wheelchair Budget

Some families are deterred from applying for mobility equipment from the NHS because the equipment offered either does not suit the family's lifestyle or have the user friendly features which make using it a joy rather than a chore.

In particular no one seems to like the standard NHS wheelchairs which can be heavy, clunky, ugly, clumsy, uncomfortable, impractical...depressing. This is the sort of kit which can end up gathering dust in the garage without either providing a solution to the mobility need or saving the NHS money.

In England there is another option the Independent Wheelchair Voucher which most NHS areas are in the process of replacing with a similar scheme called the Personal Wheelchair Budget.

There is some guidance about it here:

You could think of the Independent Wheelchair Voucher as being like a Prescription for Aspirin which you would take to your local Pharmacy but instead it is a Prescription for a Pushchair (or at least part payment of one) which you bring to us. The value of the Voucher is calculated by your Wheelchair Service based on the child's needs and the cost if the equipment they would have given you. Vouchers can vary in value, we rarely see any worth less than £250 and we have seen some worth £1000.

You bring the Independent Wheelchair Voucher to us and we satisfy any requests the Wheelchair Service have to ensure the product is suitable for the child. If the pushchair you want us to supply costs £400 and you have an Independent Wheelchair Voucher for £250 then you pay the additional £150 direct to us. Once we have supplied the pushchair to you, and confirmed to the NHS that you have received it, then we invoice the NHS for the £250 Voucher.

If you choose the Independent Wheelchair Option then you are not eligible for NHS equipment for three years, generally (unless there has been a fundamental change in the child’s condition).

Charity Grants

We often supply the pushchairs to families on behalf of Charities, in particular:

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children -

Action For Children -

Caudwell Children -

Children Today -

Boparan Charitable Trust -

Shopping/Storage Bag

This spacious bag is made from strong, durable and waterproof nylon, and is ideal for storing and carrying essentials when out and about or bring home the shopping.

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Headrest Extension

Padded Headrest adds 20cm (8") to the height of the back of the seat.

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Sun Canopy

Large hood provides some weather protection, and for children who suffer from sensory overload in a crowded situation it can to creat a 'safe space'.

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Wheely Mac

Head to toe protection from wind and rain.

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Lambskin Comfort Liner

This it provides an insulated layer underneath a child, warm & cosy in cold weather, reducing underseat air cooling.

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Foot & Ankle Positioner

Provide adjustable foot and ankle support and positioning.

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Travel Bag

Heavy duty padded and lined bag for the Trotter 12" & 14" models only (TR1200 & TR1400).

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Bus Transit Ties

Bus Transit Ties are necessary to make the Trotter suitable for use as a Crash Tested Pushchair to transport a child in a vehicle.

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Lap Tray

The Lap Tray provides a useful space for toys, books or gadgets.

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Fixed Support Tray

Sturdy tray creates a useful ‘table’ for eating or the support of toys, books or an Ipad.

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Lateral Support & Scoli Strap

An adjustable, removable, lateral support and scoli strap, pull to one side for Scoliosis correction.

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Padded Headrest Wing

Provides lateral support for the head. Fairly solid foam on a board base, more for positioning than comfort.

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Winged Headrest

Provides some support and comfort for a child who has poor neck strength/head control, is asleep, or has suffered a seizure.

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Torso Vest

Adjustable vest provides support and helps to maintain proper body posture and alignment. Replaces the standard built in harness supplied with the Trotter.

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Torso Secure

Fits across the chest and under the arms, wrapping around the back of the seat and securing easily with a large velcro pad. Almost impossible for a child to force undone, helpful for the escapologist!

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The Trotter Heavy Duty Special Needs Pushchair comes with a Lifetime Frame Warranty including cross braces.

Seat Fabric, Wheels, Footrests and all other parts attached to the frame have a 1 Year warranty.

There is no warranty on tyres or handle grips

Proof of purchase is required to make a warranty claim and the warranty is only extended to the original owner. Shipping is not covered under the warranty. All decisions regarding whether a product is under warranty or not is at the discretion of the manufacturer.

This warranty does not cover:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Corrosion or rust
  • Incorrect assembly, or the installation of third party parts or accessories not compatible with the original design
  • Accidental or intentional damage, abuse or neglect
  • Commercial use
  • Improper storage/care of the unit

How the Trotter Warranty Works

If you have a problem with your Trotter Pushchair, whether it's covered by the Warranty or not, please contact us in the first instance, 01363 881110, rather than the manufacturer Drive deVilbiss even though it is a Manufacturer's Warranty.