A motorized wheelchair cannot be used on a footpath or road if it is not registered according to rules and regulations laid down by the Government.
In order to register a motorized wheelchair, the following requirements have to be met.
• It should have an electric meter.
• It should be manufactured to suit a person with mobility disabilities.
• Should not weigh more than 150kg
• Should not be able to travel at more than 10km/h on flat ground.
A person shifting base from another state to Queensland has to register a motorized wheelchair within 14 days. However, visitors to Queensland are not subjected to registration.
It should also be noted that the user of the motorized wheelchair should be able to operate the device safely.
Registering a motorized wheelchair
When registering a motorized wheelchair, a transport and motoring customer service center will do the needful. In case the person lives in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or the local police station may provide vehicle registration services. However, it is recommended to get a confirmation by calling before going there.
It is not necessary to complete a vehicle registration application form when registering at a transport and motoring customer service center.
However, if the registration is done in QGAP, Magistrates Court or local police station that does registration services, a vehicle registration application (F3518) has to be completed and if it’s the first time you are registering, a new customer application (F3503) has also to be completed.
Documents required for registration:
• Duly completed vehicle details form (F3529).
• Duly completed Motorized wheelchair statement (F4414).
• Proof of address in Queensland where the wheelchair will be parked. (It could be Queensland driving license, property rates notice, gas, phone or electricity bill indicating Queensland address).
• Proof of identities such as evidence of being an adult or Queensland driving license.
In the event a motorized wheelchair needs to be registered under the name of an organization such as a nursing home, shopping center, education institute or a hire company, testimony of the organization has to be produced.
• Office of Fair Trading’s Certificate of Incorporation.
• Australia Securities Investments Commission’s business registration.
• Australia Securities Investments Commission’s certificate of registration of a company.
In addition to the above, proof that the person is acting on behalf of the organization should be also be produced.
• Be clad in the organization’s uniform
• Possess a business card or business testimony.
• Documentation on the organization’s official letterhead.
Although a registered business is not an association, proof regarding the nature of the business is required.
Registration of motorized wheelchairs is free of charge including no transfer, number plate or compulsory third party insurance fees.
Completion of Registration
Once a motorized wheelchair is registered, ensure a number plate, registration certificate and an information document indicating Queensland road rules with regard to a motorized wheelchair is received.
Usage of a Motorized Wheelchair
When a motorized wheelchair is used outside the home on a footpath or pavement, the user is considered as a pedestrian under the Queensland road rules. Therefore, a motorized wheelchair or a mobility scooter can only be driven where a pedestrian can move about, known as a pedestrian travel route.
Motorized vehicle/pedestrian route
A motorized wheelchair could be used only these stipulated areas.
• A footpath or available nature made space.
• In case a footpath of pavement is not available, or it is necessary to avoid any blockades, the wheelchair has to be ridden as close as possible to the left or right side of the road and may sometimes face oncoming traffic too.
• Crossing the road should on a road crossing wherever available.