Mobility Scooter Safety Tips
Mobility scooters are a popular method of travel for people with limited mobility. People using mobility devices are classified as pedestrians and must follow the same road rules as other pedestrians.
There are lots of things you can do to ensure your mobility scooter is a safe and effective mode of transport for you and those around you.
- Travel at the same speed of those walking around you, which is often 2-3km per hour. Mobility scooters are not permitted to exceed 10km per hour.
- It is illegal to operate a mobility device while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Do not obstruct the path of other pedestrians or drivers. Be especially mindful of your surroundings in crowded areas.
- Stay visible.
- Install safety flags, reflective strips and lights on your mobility device.
- Plan your route. Avoid steep hills and driving on the road unless absolutely necessary.
- Approach hills, curbs and sharp corners with caution. Ensure all wheels remain on the ground to prevent your mobility scooter tipping. Even four-wheel mobility scooters can become unstable.
- Be careful when carrying packages and shopping. Always use properly installed baskets and racks to carry goods and ensure the mobility device is not overloaded or unbalanced.
Remember, only people with limited mobility should use mobility devices.
For more information about mobility scooter safety and regulations visit https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/ontheroad-65plus/mobility-scooters.html
Using your mobility scooter on public transport
To be able to safely use boarding ramps and to fit within wheelchair allocated spaces on metro, train, coach, bus and light rail services, your mobility aid must be no more than:
Weight: 300kg, including occupant, personal items and anyone required to assist on the boarding ramp
Regional trains require mobility scooters to be no more than:
For more information about using your mobility scooter on public transport visit https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/using-public-transport/accessible-travel/mobility-aid-specifications