Do You Need A Licence For A Mobility Scooter?

Posted by Marcelo Josebachvili on

Throughout our years of experience, one of the commonly asked questions we receive revolves around whether a licence is required to operate a mobility scooter. Many individuals with limited mobility rely on mobility aids to transport them in their day-to-day lives. In many ways, it’s like any ordinary vehicle, so we understand why many might think they need to treat it that way.

Simply put, you do not need a licence for a mobility scooter. According to the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act, regulations state that a person operating a mobility scooter, including motorized mobility aids such as scooters and wheelchairs, is classified as a pedestrian. Now that we’ve answered that question, we can begin to answer some other common questions we get.

Do I Need a Licence Plate?

You do not need a licence or licence plates on your mobility scooter. Scooters are considered medical devices and don’t need to be registered. Therefore, they don’t need to follow the same rules and regulations as other vehicles that require licence plates, like cars and motorcycles. However, the rules of the road still apply to those operating mobility scooters. 

Do I Need To Insure My Mobility Scooter?

You don’t have to register or insure your scooter, but it may be a good idea to have some type of insurance coverage on your mobility scooter or powerchair. Insurance can protect you against liability claims and compensation for physical injuries or damages to your mobility aid. You should contact your insurance provider for more information regarding mobility scooter insurance. 

Is There a Minimum Driving Age?

There isn’t a required driving age to operate a mobility scooter or power chair. Scooters are generally designed to be safe and easy to operate. If the individual has enough strength to confidently steer the scooter with both hands, they’re more than capable of driving it. 

Do I Need To Wear a Helmet?

Mobility scooters are categorized differently than bicycles and vehicles, such as motorcycles, electric bikes, and electric scooters. Because mobility aids are different, you aren’t required to wear a helmet while operating them. However, you may want to consider wearing one anyway, especially if you’re riding on uneven surfaces.

Where Can I Drive My Mobility Scooter?

Each municipality has its own rules and regulations about where mobility scooters are allowed to be driven. In Winnipeg, the law states that a mobility scooter should be driven on the sidewalk, not on the road. However, there may be cases when a sidewalk is unavailable or unpassable. If this is ever a situation you face, you must follow the rules of the road and ensure that you travel on the left edge of the roadway facing oncoming traffic. That way, you’ll be more visible to oncoming vehicles. If your scooter is equipped with turning signals, make sure to use them. If not, use bicycle hand signals to inform other drivers of your intentions. 

Should I Use My Mobility Scooter on Pavements? 

Absolutely. Remember, while on a scooter, you’re still considered a pedestrian. When travelling to your destinations, stay safe and follow pedestrian footpaths and crosswalks to ensure you don’t fall into harm's way. 

Other Important Mobility Scooter Information

Heavy duty scooters can travel as fast as 15 kph, but in Manitoba, the maximum speed for a mobility scooter is 10 kph. 

While operating your scooter, you must remember that you cannot take a passenger with you. Mobility scooters are built to aid individuals living with mobility issues. These scooters also have specific weight limits. Exceeding the weight limit could put you and other people at risk. 

When crossing driveways, consider the fact that some drivers may not see you as mobility scooters often put their driver at a slightly lower height. It’s paramount to stay alert and aware of your surroundings when operating your scooter. The last thing you want is for a vehicle to back into you. It may be a wise idea to keep some safety equipment on your scooter, such as lights, flags, and/or vests. Having the proper safety equipment will help other drivers see you when you’re travelling.

Are you looking for mobility scooters in Winnipeg? Re-New Mobility has got you covered. We understand how difficult it can be to find the right unit. That’s why we carry a wide variety of scooters that include many features that improve the riding experience. If you have any questions pertaining to our selection, our team will be there to provide answers. Call or visit us today to find the best scooter for your unique needs.

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