What to consider before purchasing a Mobility Scooter?
There are a few different types of scooters. Standard, Portable (Pull-Apart) and Travel (Foldable) scooters, all are suitable for the specific use they were designed for. Standard scooters are more suitable for outdoor use and depending on whether you get a small, medium, large or larger model, will depend on the criteria of your requirements, such as expected gradients, users weight, distance require to cover and the expected terrain. Ingenerally the bigger the hills and rougher the terrain that is needed to be transverse the bigger the scooter will need to be. Portable scooter are ideal for putting in the back of a car and can be used in areas with small gradients and smooth terrain going the shopping centres, day trips to generally flattish areas. Whereas theTravel scooter has been designed to suit the traveller on cruises for example but to some extent can be put in the back of a car and used as a portable scooter as it would have basically similar operational limitations.
Consider the following before purchasing a Standard Mobility Scooter:
Do I have to have a Driver’s Licence to drive a Mobility Scooter in Queensland?
No, you are not required to have a licence but you must have a doctor’s certificate verifying that owing to severe mobility impairment there is a need for assisted travel i.e. you need a mobility scooter to get around.
Fees and Charges for Registration
There are no fees for registration or compulsory third party (CTP) insurance for mobility scooters. However, free CTP insurance is provided by the Nominal Defendant, if the mobility scooter is registered.
There are also no transfer fees for a mobility scooters.
The Nominal Defendant is a statutory body established under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 for the purpose of compensating people who are injured as a result of the negligent driving of unidentified and/or uninsured (no compulsory third party insurance) motor vehicles.
We do recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover personal injury and damage to your scooter. You can find more information in our resource section under insurance
The following information is required to register your scooter in Queensland;
We do recommend that you get a doctors letter and find your Driving Licence No. or Customer Reference No.from Queensland Transport, we can assist with the rest of the registration paperwork if needed.
Queensland Road rules for Mobility Scooters
The driver must be capable of operating the machine safely and must observe all Queensland Road Rules as well as those relating to pedestrians. The definition of ‘pedestrian’ in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (p. 528) includes references to motorised wheelchair.
Queensland Road Rules include:
Mobility Scooter Safety
Users should take care when riding a mobility scooter and observe the following safety guidelines: