Mo­bil­ity scooter laws ex­plained

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A cou­ple of weeks ago, a Mata­mata res­i­dent who uses a mo­bil­ity scooter and wished to re­main anony­mous came into the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle of­fice con­cerned about what her rights were as a mo­bil­ity scooter user.

She had been the vic­tim of ver­bal abuse from peo­ple who told her she should not be on the foot­path.

‘‘There are about 37 of us in Mata­mata and a lot just choose to stay home be­cause they are sick of be­ing abused and told to get off the foot­path,’’ she said.

‘‘This is the only op­por­tu­nity that my hus­band and I get to come down town so I want to make sure what we are do­ing is okay and most of all le­gal.’’

If you are in­volved in a crash, you must stop to see if any­one is in­jured, help any­one who is in­jured and re­port the crash to the po­lice within 24 hours.

For more in­for­ma­tion about le­gal re­quire­ments for mo­bil­ity scoot­ers and power chairs, see the Land Trans­port (Road User) Rule 2004.

It’s im­por­tant to be aware that care­less use of a mo­bil­ity scooter or power chair car­ries le­gal im­pli­ca­tions.

For ex­am­ple, op­er­at­ing a wheeled mo­bil­ity de­vice care­lessly, in­con­sid­er­ately or at a haz­ardous speed can re­sult in a fine of up to $1000.

If you cause a crash where some­one is in­jured or killed, you could be con­victed of care­less or in­con­sid­er­ate use of a ve­hi­cle and face a fine of up to $4500, or up to three months’ im­pris­on­ment.

Plan your travel so you miss peak-time pedes­trian traf­fic and places where there could be a lot of peo­ple.

Keep to the side of the foot­path as much as pos­si­ble, to give pedes­tri­ans room to pass you.

Keep your speed down when rid­ing on the foot­path.

Use your in­di­ca­tor,


your ve­hi­cle has them, or hand sig­nals.

Try not to star­tle pedes­tri­ans if you use a warn­ing de­vice ( for ex­am­ple a horn).

Use pedes­trian cross­ings. If you can’t find one, avoid trav­el­ling over kerbs and don’t cross the road with­out first check­ing care­fully that the way is clear.

Slow down if you are driv­ing in a haz­ardous area, so you avoid po­ten­tial dan­gers.

There are a num­ber of safety ac­ces­sories avail­able, such as in­di­ca­tors, lights, horns, re­vers­ing beep­ers, warn­ing flags and rear view mir­rors.


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