Wheelchairs and mobility scooters offer a great way to get around for people with disabilities and those who struggle to walk because of age or other mobility impairment. They help provide a higher degree of independence by allowing the user to have access to work, community and social events and have been proven to greatly improve quality of life.
The use of mobility devices use is rapidly increasing across Australia each year as they are safe and easy to use by people of all ages. They can even be an affordable substitute for cars and when combined with accessible public transport.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be used almost anywhere, so it’s important that all users familiarise themselves with the road rules relating to their use to ensure the safety of both the user and others.
While each state and territory has its own rules and regulations, there are some basic rules which apply right across the country. These include:
- Mobility devices should only be used by people who have a disability or experience difficulty walking.
- 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’s 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.
To find out more about how to safely use your wheelchair or mobility scooter in your state, click on the link below or get our FREE User’s Guide to Mobility Equipment.