Wheelchairs and mobility scooters – Do I have to register or not?

In Queensland, a user of a wheelchair or mobility scooter is considered a pedestrian meaning that they can go anywhere that a pedestrian can go.

Even though you do not require a drivers licence to use one of these devices this does not mean that you are void of any road rules or rules such as speed limits in shopping centres.

The rules are there for a reason, your safety and the safety of others.

You should use your scooter on the footpath, bicycle path, shared paths and nature strips (such as grass verges between the footpath and the road) whenever you can.

Can you use the road?  Only if there is no footpath, pathway or nature strip and only where a pedestrian is allowed to walk. Use crossings, lights, refuge islands to cross the road safely.

If you do need to use the road try and stay as close as possible to the side of the road and travel in the opposite direction to the traffic so that you can see the oncoming traffic.

Failing to use a footpath, failure to keep to the side of the road or being a pedestrian and moving into the path of a driver can incur a $52 fine.

Does your electric wheelchair or mobility scooter need to be registered?  Yes it does if:

  • It has an electric motor;
  • Is designed and built for a person with mobility difficulties;
  • Have a tare weight of 150kg or less;
  • Not be capable of travelling more that 10km/h on level ground.

This type of registration does not mean that you can drive on the road in the same way as a car.

Devices that do not fit into this legal definition cannot be registered. For example, a device that can travel faster than 10km/h.

If it cannot be registered then it can only be used on areas that are not roads or road-related areas such as inside your home.

Registration is free and includes compulsory third party insurance. There are some forms that you will need to complete to register your wheelchair or scooter.

For motorists you must remember that these wheelchairs and scooters are considered pedestrians and therefore you must give way to them as you would a pedestrian.

This seems to one of the biggest issues for persons using these devices.

Users have advised that motorists fail to give way to them when pulling out from driveways or carparks as they are travelling along the footpath.

Care should be taken when driving out of a driveway onto the road and ensure that you give way to all pedestrians.

Failing to give way when entering a road from a road related area or land can incur a $391 fine and 3 demerit points.

For more information on these devices, registration documents and other information please click here.

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