14 January 2019

Did you know? Under current traffic law, motorised scooter and electric wheelchair users are classified as pedestrians and must travel on the footpath or an off-road bicycle path wherever possible.

However, there may come a time where you will need to travel on the road due footpath hazards such as overhanging branches or where no such footpath exists for you to travel on. In these cases, be cautious and find the easiest and safest route to use. If you find yourself taking a route that often requires you to venture onto the road, ask your local council if they can help make it safer.

Here are some tips for safe travelling:

  • Before crossing any road, always stop at the kerb, look left and right, and listen for traffic
  • Avoid busy roads and use quiet streets
  • If you must use the road, keep as close to the kerb as possible. Return to the footpath as soon as possible
  • Try to establish eye contact with oncoming drivers
  • Watch out for turning cars and cars going in and out of driveways
  • Avoid hills. If this isn’t possible, slow down and use extreme caution
  • Go straight up or down ramps and kerbs and not at an angle
  • Don’t stop on an include, even to rest
  • Don’t make sharp turns at full throttle
  • Don’t use temporary ramps or platforms as they may not be able to withstand the weight of you and your motorised scooter or electric wheelchair
  • Only cross a level crossing if there are suitable pedestrian facilities available
  • Be mindful where you stop or park. Never block a building entrance, gateway or driveway.
  • Always turn the key to the off position or hit the off button when you are getting on or off your vehicle

Source: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/stay-safe-using-motorised-scooters-and-wheelchairs-safely