If you’re purchasing a mobility scooter, you may be wondering what legal obligations you have when driving.
One key thing to know is the importance of registering your mobility scooter. This is an essential step to ensure you’re using your scooter both safely and legally. Registering your scooter is a fairly simple process. It can be done by your authorised scooter provider or your State Transport Authority.
Here are some of our frequently asked questions about registering your mobility scooter.
Please note that the laws around registering your mobility scooter vary from state to state. The rules in this article apply to Queensland. Please check with your State Road and Transport Authority for more information.
What is mobility scooter registration?
In Queensland, registering your mobility scooter ensures you have free third-party insurance. When you register your scooter, you will receive a number plate, registration certificate and an information sheet explaining Queensland Road Rules for mobility scooters.
Do I need to register my mobility scooter?
This depends on what state you are living in. If you live in Queensland, you are required to register your mobility scooter if you plan to use it in public areas.
If you are moving to Queensland, you must register your mobility scooter within 14 days. You do not need to register your scooter if you are temporarily visiting Queensland.
How do I register my mobility scooter?
The first step is to get a letter from your doctor, occupational therapist or physical therapist stating that you would benefit from using a motorised wheelchair as a form of transport. From here, you will be able to buy your scooter and get it registered.
If you’re buying your motorised wheelchair from Hello Mobility Queensland, we can complete the registration for free. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest Department of Transport and Main Roads. For more information, visit the Queensland Government Website.
How much does it cost to register a mobility scooter?
Registering a mobility scooter is completely free. There are also no extra fees for getting a number plate or third-party insurance.
Do I need a driver licence to operate my mobility scooter?
No. You do not need a driver licence to drive a mobility scooter. Mobility scooter users are classified as pedestrians. This means they can drive on footpaths, shopping centres, and anywhere a pedestrian can go. As such, a mobility scooter licence is separate to a standard driver licence.
Hello Mobility Queensland can help you out with registering your scooter. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team on 1300 884 880 and we’ll be happy to help you out!