Current QLD Road Rules and Laws

Current QLD Road Rules and Laws

Rules and Regulations for using a Mobility Scooter / Electric Wheelchair in QLD

For people with impaired mobility, mobility scooters and power chairs are an essential part of daily life. They offer daily independence and improved quality of life.

It is essential to be armed with the right information when purchasing, or operating a wheelchair or mobility scooter to ensure that you are using the product safely.

The following FAQ (frequently asked questions) article is designed to briefly equip mobility aid users with the right information about how to safely use their electric power chair / mobility scooter from the minute they leave their front door, to when they arrive at their destination.

It includes information regarding registration, licensing and the requirements to legally use mobility scooters and electric powerchairs on public transport (bus/train) as well as other public spaces.

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/ wheelchair is registered.

Does my electric scooter have to be registered?

Yes. If used on public footpaths and roads, all powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters must be registered.

Along with registration, compulsory third party insurance is essential, but conveniently both are provided free of charge by Queensland Transport.

What sort of documentation is needed to have my scooter registered?

Documents/Forms 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

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 not safe to use

On a path or nature strip, users must give way to other road users

If using the road, the mobility scooter/ 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/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 outlining the necessity for the individual to possess a scooter for transportation 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.

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