When looking at getting a mobility scooter, the question might arise: can I ride my mobility scooter on the road? It's an understandable question, and we're happy to answer it for you from government sources.
In Australia, people riding mobility scooters are considered to be pedestrians, so long as their scooter cannot exceed 10km/hr on flat ground. This means that they must adhere to the same rules as other pedestrians.
So Can I Ride My Mobility Scooter on the Road?
There are some simple rules that apply Australia wide to pedestrians. Pedestrians must not travel on the road if there is a footpath or nature strip available.
If no alternative is available, and you need to use the road, follow the same safety practices as other pedestrians. Those being that you should keep as close to the curb as you can and face towards traffic for the best visibility.
Safety is Paramount
The main thing to remember is that at the end of the day, your mobility scooter is not a car or motorcycle. Your safety is of the utmost importance, as is the safety of those around you. So, exercise caution. Remember that motorists may not be able to see you as well as others.
Some Helpful Information Sources
As you can see, the rules are the same throughout Australia. However, they may be different abroad. So, the best thing to do if you are travelling and unsure is to check your local laws before planning a trip. We have provided some useful links below from government sources in case you have any further questions.
So, we hope we've answered your question. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact our friendly team.
- Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters: A Guide for Safe Travel In Queensland
- Travelling with a wheelchair or mobility scooter