Need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs

20 September 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-841-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 582KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 21KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 10KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 6KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 115KB)

Referral of inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure of the report
Medical Devices Regulatory Framework
Transport and Infrastructure Regulatory Framework
Moving toward a national framework

Chapter 2 - Motorised mobility devices and the issue of safety (PDF 147KB)

Accidents involving mobility devices
Research undertaken in relation to motorised mobility devices
Causes of accidents and injury
Issues raised by stakeholders
Collection of data
Research required
Development of a nationally consistent approach to the use of motorised mobility devices

Chapter 3 - Regulations governing the use of motorised mobility devices (PDF 150KB)

Australian Road Rules
State regulations governing the use of motorised mobility devices
Human Rights
Licencing, registration and third-party insurance
Stakeholder views

Chapter 4 - Conclusions and Recommendations (PDF 57KB)

The importance of motorised mobility devices for Australians living with disabilities
Older Australians and community participation
Concerns raised about safety
The balance between independence and safety
A common thread
National Approach

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 78KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 19KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511