Motorised mobility devices

Motorised mobility devices include electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters and buggies and can only be used by people who are unable to walk or have difficulty walking. You must not use a mobility device if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications that affect your judgement. 

The device needs to weigh no more than 110kg without the user or luggage on board. These devices are not required to be registered and a licence is not required.

Motorised mobility device users need to follow the same rules as pedestrians and must not be able to travel faster than 10km/h. This includes travelling on the footpath unless impractical and only using the road where an appropriate footpath or nature strip is not available. If there is no footpath available to use, then you must travel facing oncoming traffic.

Cross roads at the shortest possible route and use pedestrian crossings where available. It may be best to avoid roundabouts, but if you must cross one, remember to give way to cars entering or exiting the roundabout. You should also give way to bicycle riders when crossing a bicycle path.

When travelling you must not obstruct the path of a driver or another pedestrian. If you are travelling with another person who is also using a mobility device, travel either in front or behind them when other pedestrians are around. When parking a mobility device, do not park where it will block the path of other pedestrians.

For more information see the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules rules 228 to 239.

RACV advice

Avoid headphones and using a mobile while riding so you can concentrate and hear traffic sounds. You should travel at a speed that would allow you to stop quickly and easily if you need to. Try to make eye contact with drivers; don’t assume that cars will stop for you. Where possible, keep to areas with pedestrian access and footpaths.