Mobility scooters and power chairs provide independence but offer little protection to their riders, so you need to take steps to ensure your safety when using them.
Under traffic law, mobility devices are vehicles:
designed and constructed for people needing help with mobility because of physical or neurological impairment
powered solely by a motor of up to 1500 watts.
Under existing law, Segways* are not mobility devices.
*A District Court case found that a particular Segway was a mobility device. There remains uncertainty as to their general classification under current legislation. Riders should follow usage requirements in the Road User Rule.
You don't need a driver licence to operate a mobility device and they’re not required to have a warrant of fitness or registration. But there are requirements for where and how you can use them:
See section 11 of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 for more detail on how and where you can use these devices.
Mobility vehicles are light and offer you no protection. This makes you vulnerable if you go onto the road. Where possible we recommend you stay off the road, but if you must use the road:
The Ready to ride booklet includes guidance on:
See more suggestions on how to stay safe in Ready to ride: keeping safe on your mobility scooter.