Rules and Regulations for Using a Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair in QLD
For people with impaired mobility, mobility scooters and power chairs are an essential part of daily life, as they offer independence and an overall improved quality of life. Therefore, when purchasing or using a wheelchair or mobility scooter, it is essential you are equipped with the right information to ensure the equipment is safely operated.
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article is designed to provide important information about safely using an electric power chair or mobility scooter- from the minute you leave your front door, to when you arrive at your destination.
Vital information regarding registration, licensing and the requirements for using mobility scooters and electric powerchairs on public transport (buses/trains)and in other public spaces, are discussed below.
Am I required to have a driver’s licence to drive a mobility scooter in Queensland?
No, however, a doctor’s certificate that clearly outlines mobility impairment and highlights one’s need for assisted travel is essential. A doctor’s certificate must be provided each time a different mobility scooter or wheelchair is registered.
Does my electric scooter have to be registered?
Yes. If it is being used on public footpaths and roads, all powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters must be registered. Along with registration, compulsory third party insurance is essential, however, both are conveniently provided free of charge by Queensland Transport.
What sort of documentation is needed to have my scooter registered?
- Personal identification – driver’s licence, birth certificate or passport;
- Doctors certificate (see above);
- Evidence of the vehicle’s origin (for example, former registration papers or receipt for proof of purchase);
- Evidence of the vehicle’s garaging address – QLD driver’s licence, rates notice, utilities bill;
- Completed Vehicle Registration Application form (F3518);
- Completed Vehicle Details form (F3529);
- Completed Motorised Wheelchair Statement form (F4414).
Documents and forms are available for download here: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Registration/Registering-vehicles/Wheelchairs-and-small-devices/Motorised-wheelchairs.aspx
What Queensland road rules must be observed?
- A speed limit of 10km/hr must be observed at all times;
- The safety of others must be a priority at all times;
- The footpath and nature strip must be the primary travel route. You should only use the road when the footpath or nature strip is unsafe;
- On a path or nature strip, users must give way to other road users;
- If using the road, the mobility scooter or electric wheelchair user must keep as close to the side of the road as possible and face oncoming traffic;
- The most direct route must be used when crossing a road;
- Unless it is necessary to overtake other pedestrians, users must comply with road rules, as they apply to pedestrians, and must not drive alongside more than one other pedestrian or vehicle whilst travelling in the same direction.
What are the registration requirements for an organisation that provides scooters or electric wheelchairs for public use, such as a nursing home, shopping centre, educational institution or hire company?
At the time of registration, the organisation must make a declaration on the Motorised Wheelchair Statement form, certifying that the mobility aids provided will be used solely by an individual in possession of a doctor’s certificate that outlines the necessity of their use due to impaired mobility.
Each organisation must also submit the following information:
- Organisation identification documentation, such as a Certificate of Incorporation and/or Business Registration Certificate;
- As a registered business, the legal identity behind the business must be provided;
- Organisation representatives must also produce personal identification:
- Evidence of the vehicle’s origin (for example former registration papers or purchase receipt for proof of purchase);
- Evidence of the vehicle’s garaging address – Electricity bill or rates notice for example.