What is a motorised wheelchair?
It is a motorised version of a wheelchair or a similar device, such as a mobility device scooter or 'gopher'. A wheelchair means a chair mounted on two or more wheels. A motorised wheelchair does not include a wheeled recreational device such as a scooter, pram, stroller, trolley or any other motor assisted device.
Who may use a motorised wheelchair?
Motorised wheelchairs have been specially built to transport people who are unable to walk, or have difficulty walking.
Is a motorised wheelchair required to be registered in NSW?
No, motorised wheelchairs do not require registration in NSW. A motorised wheelchair is not required to have third party insurance.
Does a motorised wheelchair user require a licence in NSW?
No, a licence is not a requirement for using a motorised wheelchair in NSW.
Is a motorised wheelchair user considered to be a pedestrian or a driver?
A motorised wheelchair user is generally considered to be a pedestrian, and therefore must comply with the NSW Road Rules that apply to pedestrians. For this reason, to ensure motorised wheelchairs can mix safely with other pedestrians, they must meet the requirements stated below. For more details please refer to the NSW Road Rules 2008 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
Requirements of a motorised wheelchair in NSW
A motorised wheelchair in NSW must:
As a user, you must:
To use a motorised wheelchair safely, you need to be able to:
It is important to note that alcohol mixed with prescription/over the counter or other drugs may further affect your ability to operate your motorised wheelchair safely.
If you are concerned about your ability to use a motorised wheelchair, your doctor or health care professional may be able to arrange an assessment by an accredited occupational therapist.
What can you do to travel safely?
Where can a motorised wheelchair be used?
Can a motorised wheelchair user travel on a footpath or on a nature strip?
Provided that the safety rules stated above are met, a motorised wheelchair may be used on a footpath and on a nature strip.
What is a shared path and can a motorised wheelchair user travel on a shared path?
A shared path is an area open to the public to be used by both riders of bicycles and pedestrians. Provided that the safety rules stated above are met, a motorised wheelchair may be used on a shared path.
What is the difference between a bicycle path and a bicycle lane and can a motorised wheelchair travel on these?
A bicycle path is an area that looks like a footpath designated for the use of bicycles. A bicycle lane is an area that is a part of a road but is designated for the use of bicycles.
The Government does not encourage motorised wheelchair users to travel on either a bicycle path or a bicycle lane.
However, a motorised wheelchair may cross a bicycle path or lane, use a bicycle path if there are no signs that prohibit use, and use a bicycle lane up to a distance of 50 metres in order to avoid obstruction.
Which organisations can be contacted for assistance?