Motorised mobility devices include electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters and can only be used by people who are unable to walk or have difficulty walking.
This section covers:
Motorised mobility devices
Under the Road Safety Act and the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 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 will meet the above requirements.
A device that meets these requirements is considered a pedestrian, is not required to be registered and a licence is not required. They may only be used by a person with an injury, disability or medical conditions which means they have difficulty walking or are unable to walk. Other people are not permitted to use motorised mobility devices.
Any device that weighs more than 110kg or can travel at more than 10km/h, falls outside these rules and advice should be sought from VicRoads regarding the legal status of the device.
Motorised mobility device users need to follow the same rules as pedestrians. 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 18 and 228 to 239.
You must not use a mobility device if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications that affect your judgement.
- Avoid headphones and using a mobile while riding so you can concentrate and hear traffic sounds.
- Travel at a speed that would allow you to stop quickly and easily if you need to.
- Where possible, keep to areas with pedestrian access and footpaths.
- When using a mobility scooter on a footpath, be mindful of other pedestrians as you are likely to be travelling faster than them. Other pedestrians aren’t required to give way to mobility scooters.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers and riders before crossing a road.