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For many mobility scooter users, using public transport is an essential part of getting around town. If you’re new to using a mobility scooter, you may be wondering whether you’re still able to use public transport and if so, what the rules are.
In Queensland, you are able to use most mobility devices on public transport systems including buses, trains, ferries and taxis. Depending on the mode of transport you take, there are certain guidelines you will need to follow. Make sure you check with your mobility scooter provider before purchasing so you’re able to travel safely.
Choosing the right scooter
Before you purchase your mobility scooter, make sure to have a chat with your provider and healthcare professional about what you’re going to be using the device for. They’ll be able to give you recommendations based on how often you travel and what kind of routes you generally take.
For example, a lightweight, portable scooter may be a good choice if you’re travelling regularly and need to be hopping on and off public transport. A foldable Luggie scooter can be taken on trains, buses, cruise ships and more, and can be easily stored on planes with the wheelchairs and prams.
Know your mobility scooter specifications
If you have any doubts about whether your mobility scooter can be used on public transport, take a look at the specs. These will give you an indication of where you can use your device.
If you’re unable to locate the specs of your scooter, contact your seller and they will be able to give you the information you require.
Here are some things to consider:
To be used on public transport, your scooter should:
- Fit in an allocated space of 1300mm by 800mm
- Be less than 750mm wide
- Be no more than 1500mm tall when the user is seated (when travelling in taxis)
To travel on public transport, the total weight of the mobility scooter, user and any accessories must be less than 300kg. This is because 300kg is the maximum amount of weight that boarding devices and ramps are designed to hold.
In order to safely get on and off public transport, your scooter needs to be able to manoeuvre efficiently. This includes being able to:
- Cross a horizontal gap up to 40mm
- Cross grating gaps
- Climb a 1:14 grade ramp unassisted
- Climb a 1:4 grade ramp with assistance
- Complete a 180 degree turn within an area of 2070mm x 1540mm
Make sure you’re registered
Registering your mobility scooter in Queensland is essential if you’re planning to use it in public. To do so is a simple process and can be done by your seller or the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
If you have any questions about whether your scooter can be used on public transport, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Scooters Australia Brisbane by calling 1300 884 880.