How to use your mobility scooter –
A mobility scooter or power chair (electric
wheelchair) can be your key to independence and
If you have limited mobility, or are unable or
unwilling to drive a car, a mobility scooter or power chair
is a great way to get you where you want to go safely -
particularly if you're just going to the local shops or
anywhere that's little too far away to walk.
If you currently use a mobility scooter or power
chair or are considering using one in the future - this
booklet is for you. It contains practical advice on your
rights and responsibilities, as well as safety and
If you're using a power chair or mobility scooter
for the first time, or if it's been a while since you've
ridden one outdoors, consider doing a training course. It's a
great way to make sure you know how to use your power chair
or scooter safely.
To find out about training courses in your area;
contact your local road safety coordinator (your local
council can advise you who this is).
Know your legal
Mobility scooters and power chairs are legally
defined as 'wheeled mobility devices'.
You don't need a driver licence to operate a wheeled
mobility device, nor are they required to have a warrant of
fitness or registration. However, there are some important
legal safety requirements that you need to know
You must operate your
mobility scooter or power chair in a careful and considerate
You must use the footpath
when one is readily accessible, and stay close to the side of the
road where a footpath is not readily accessible.
When on the footpath, you
mustn't travel at a speed that endangers others.
It's illegal for you to ride,
or let any person ride, in a way that may cause you or them
If you are involved in a
crash, you must stop to see if anyone is injured and report the
crash to the Police within 24 hours.
It's important to be aware that careless use of a
mobility scooter or power chair does carry legal
implications. For example, operating a mobility device
carelessly, inconsiderately or at a hazardous speed can
result in you being fined $100 (or more if you are repeatedly
found doing so).
If you cause a crash where someone
is injured or killed, you could be convicted of careless or
inconsiderate use of a vehicle, and face a fine of up to $4,500 or
up to three month's imprisonment.
For more information on your legal
PO Box .
Plan your route carefully.
Work out the shortest and
safest route - avoid busy roads, roundabouts and intersections
Time your journey so you'll
be back before dark.
Avoid times of the day when
you know there'll be heavy traffic.
If you're unsure whether a
shopping complex or public area has suitable access, make enquiries
before beginning your journey.
Make sure the distance you
want to travel is within the range of your scooter or power
Ready to ride?
You shouldn't use your power
chair or mobility scooter if you're under the influence of alcohol,
drugs or medication that may affect your driving ability. If you're
unsure, ask your doctor or chemist.
Take a suitable carry bag -
don't carry objects loose in your lap.
Ensure that the battery is
Know who to call if something
goes wrong with your scooter or power chair.