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Author: Blue Badge Insurance Australia
For many Australians, mobility scooters represent freedom, often providing a lifeline to the outside world for people who may otherwise be housebound and isolated from society.
Mobility scooters are designed for people who are mobile enough to safely operate the device, but find it difficult to walk long distances due to injury, disability or other mobility impairment.
Many of us have seen an increase in the number of scooters in our communities in recent years driven by Australiaâ€™s ageing population. There are currently 120,000 mobility scooter users Australia-wide â€“ a number that is expected to reach 280,000 within 10 years.
While the value they bring to peopleâ€™s lives is clear to see, itâ€™s important for mobility scooter users, pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of one another to ensure everyoneâ€™s safety.
There are a series of mobility scooter safety tips and resources available on Blue Badge Community.
For mobility scooter users, itâ€™s important to make sure mobility scooters are aÂ safe choice for youÂ before purchasing one, get theÂ right level of trainingÂ before using your scooter, ensure you are aware of theÂ regulations for using mobility scootersÂ in your state and that you are using the rightÂ safety accessoriesÂ for your needs.
For drivers and pedestrians, the most important thing is to look out for scooters andÂ be aware, be patient and be considerate.
With greater awareness, we can create a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone.
It is important for anyone using a motorised mobility device, whether itâ€™s an electric wheelchair orÂ mobility scooter, to understand the legal requirements such as road rules, speed limits and registration requirements.
Transport and Main Roads has developed an information booklet for use in Queensland, which you can find here.
Remember, each Australian state and territory has its own rules and regulations so make sure you review them in detail if you intend to travel. You can find them all here.