Keep a look-out for scooters
Published: 16 Jul 2021 1:50pm
A steady rise in the number of mobility scooters being used on local pathways and roads has prompted a warning for motorists to be aware and keep a look-out for these vulnerable road users.
Wagga Wagga City Council’s Road Safety Officer Emma Reynolds said mobility scooter, or “gopher”, users are classified as pedestrians and the same road rules apply.
“In general, scooters can go most places a pedestrian can go,” Mrs Reynolds said.
“However, not all facilities are designed to accommodate scooters and you should be prepared to leave your scooter outside and walk short distances.
“When using your mobility scooter always follow the same road rules that apply to pedestrians. Ride on the footpath, preferably at walking speed, which is two to three kilometres per hour.
“You should also cross the road at safe places, such as traffic lights with pedestrian signals and at pedestrian crossings.
“Scooters are big, heavy and cumbersome. Travel slowly and safely, especially in crowds, and take care around pedestrians,” she said.
“Mobility scooters don’t need to be registered and you don’t need a licence to operate one.”
‘On the road 65Plus’ has advice and safety tips for people in our community aged 65 or over to help make safer choices when driving, riding, walking, using a mobility scooter, or catching public transport.
Copies of the guide are available at Council, Service NSW centres, or online at roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/ontheroad-65plus