Did you know there are road rules for wheelchairs and mobility scooters? These pieces of equipment offer a great way to get around for people with disability and those with mobility issues. They can also greatly improve quality of life. Here’s what you need to know about road rules for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Growing usage of mobility equipment
The use of mobility devices continues to grow across Australia each year. As a transport option, they are safe and easy to use for people of all ages. They help provide a higher degree of independence by allowing the user to have access to work, community and social events. And they can be an affordable substitute for cars, particularly when combined with accessible public transport options.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooter users can drive them almost anywhere, so it’s important to be familiar with the road rules. This helps to ensure the safety of the user and those around them.
Road rules for all
While each state and territory has its own rules and regulations, there are some basic rules that apply right across the country. These include:
- Only people who have a disability or experience difficulty walking should use mobility devices.
- Wheelchairs and scooters should be speed limited to 10 km per hour on level ground.
- People using mobility devices are classified as pedestrians and must follow the same road rules as other pedestrians.
- Mobility equipment must not be driven on the road if there is a footpath or nature strip available.
- It is illegal to ride a scooter or wheelchair when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Wheelchairs and scooters do not require registration unless you live in Queensland.
For regulations in your state please read these resources:
Being safe on the road
Before heading out with confidence, it’s important you remember a few tips to keep you safe when on the go. Unlike cars, wheelchairs and mobility scooter users have extra precautions and considerations to make when travelling. Such as, observing driveways, keeping all wheels balanced and monitoring narrow traffic on footpaths.
To find out more about how to safely use your wheelchair or mobility scooter, get our FREE User’s Guide to Mobility Equipment.