Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

To com­ply with the pro­posed Blue La­bel sys­tem, elec­tric mo­bil­ity de­vices must:

Not ex­ceed 300kg when oc­cu­pied or 170kg when un­oc­cu­pied;

Be lim­ited to a max­i­mum speed of 10km/h with a low speed mode lim­ited to 5km/h.

Be in ac­cor­dance with or ex­ceed the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of Class B wheel­chairs.

Oc­cu­pants must be a min­i­mum of 140cm tall when seated, or at­tach a flag meet­ing the height re­quire­ment.

No wheel­chair weigh­ing more than 120kg will be ac­cepted on se­lected com­mer­cial air­craft. cluded from blue la­bel el­i­gi­bil­ity be­cause the pro­posed new stan­dard re­quires wheel­chairs to meet or ex­ceed Class B spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Class A de­vices are smaller and more por­ta­ble – usu­ally used in­doors or on flat, even ter­rain – and very un­likely to com­ply with the Class B sta­bil­ity re­quire­ments,” he said.

“Ef­fec­tively, this new stan­dard says ev­ery­one needs to own a Land Cruiser be­cause there are some places a Mini can’t drive.”

The draft doc­u­ment can be viewed in full at www. scoot­er­ im­ages/PDFs/Draft_ stan­dard.pdf

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