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High Risk Pedestrians

Adults older than 60 are also high risk pedestrians because of changes in their mobility and deteriorating eyesight and hearing which makes it harder for them to judge distances and the speed of traffic.

Mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs

Mobility scooters or devices give independence to people who have difficulty walking due to a physical condition. However, mobility scooters are not meant to be used as a replacement for a motor vehicle.

Users of motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters are classed as pedestrians under current traffic laws, provided the maximum speed of the equipment is 10 km/h. Some devices are capable of travelling faster than 10 km/h and these must be registered as vehicles.

Mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs are allowed to travel on:
  • footpaths
  • shared paths
  • the sides of roads if there is no footpath.
There are currently no laws prohibiting or governing the use of mobility scooters by people who do not have limited mobility.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.