What’s considered a motorised mobility device and who can use them?
Motorised mobility devices don’t need to be registered and a licence isn’t required. People using them are considered pedestrians and can only be used if the person has an injury, disability or other medical condition that affects their ability to walk.
Under the Road Safety Act and Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017, motorised mobility devices such as mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs must have a maximum speed of 10km/h on level ground and weigh no more than 110kg without the user or luggage on board.
Before purchasing a mobility scooter, make sure it meets the above requirements. If you’re concerned your device doesn’t meet these requirements, seek advice from VicRoads.
Do people using motorised mobility devices follow the same rules as pedestrians?
People using motorised mobility devices need to follow the same rules as pedestrians. This means:
- Travelling on the footpath unless impractical to do so,
- If you need to travel on the road you must travel facing oncoming traffic,
- Crossing roads at the shortest possible route,
- Giving way to cars entering or exiting a roundabout,
- Giving way to bicycle riders when crossing a bicycle path,
- Not obstructing the path of a driver or another pedestrian,
- Not parking in an area that blocks the path of other pedestrians.
Refer to rules 18, 228 and 239 of the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017.