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:
- 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.