Registration for motorised wheelchairs For more information
To register a motorised wheelchair, your client (or For more information about travelling on public
their representative) must: transport, read the department’s booklet Wheelchairs
• visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads and Mobility Scooters: A guide for safe travel in
Customer Service Centre Queensland, available at
www.tmr.qld.gov.au or phone 13 23 80.
• complete the required forms, being a
Registration Application Form(F3518), a Interpreter service: 13 14 50
Vehicle Details Form(F3529) and a Motorised
Wheelchair Statement(F4414) and Direct telephone typewriter (TTY): 3369 3377
• provide a certificate, statement or letter from National Relay Service (TTY) and modem: 13 36 77
either a medical practitioner or a registered
Speech to speech relay service: 1300 555 727*.
occupational therapist, or a registered
physiotherapist. Need help making phone calls? Contact the
The Motorised Wheelchair Statement must declare National Relay Service (NRS) on 1800 555 677**
that the motorised wheelchair will be used solely (free service).
by the registered operator. *Cost of a local call. Higher call charges apply for calls
from mobile phones and payphones.
The certificate, statement or letter must confirm **Free call from anywhere in Australia, call charges apply
that due to a physical or medical condition your for calls from mobile phones and payphones.
client’s mobility is severely impaired and they
require the use of a motorised wheelchair for
Limitation on use of motorised wheelchairs
that are not registered
Mobility devices that exceed the legal definitions
for a motorised wheelchair – such as devices that
can travel too fast – cannot be registered.
If a mobility device cannot be registered, it can
only be used on areas that are not described
as roads or road-related areas, such as inside
This leaflet will help you determine which Manoeuvrability Additional requirements to enhance safety
products are suitable for your clients to take • Cross a horizontal gap up to 40 mm wide. and accessibility
on public transport such as buses, trains, In addition to the specifications of the Transport
• Mount a vertical rise (bump)
ferries and taxis. It also provides details Standards set out in this brochure, a wheelchair
up to 12 mm high.
about registration requirements. or mobility scooter must be checked regularly and
• Cross grating gaps up to must not pose a risk to passengers.
Public transport suitability 13 mm wide and 150 mm long.
For example, it will need to have effective braking
To enhance safety and accessibility for your clients • Climb a 1:14 grade ramp unassisted. systems to maintain stability onboard public
and to be certain that a wheelchair or mobility • Climb up to a 1:8 grade ramp unassisted where
scooter will be able to be safely carried on accessible the ramp is less than 1520 mm long.
public transport services in Queensland, you should Registration
be aware of the specifications set out below. These • Climb a 1:4 grade ramp with assistance. Clients who want to buy a wheelchair or mobility
are the characteristics of a mobility device that all scooter should be aware that in Queensland,
accessible public transport must be designed to Turning a motorised wheelchair or mobility scooter that is
carry under the Disability Standards for Accessible To be certain that a client will be able to access used outside of the home, for example on
Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). infrastructure and buildings associated with public footpaths and to cross roads, must be registered
transport, the wheelchair or mobility scooter may with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
need to be able to turn 180 degrees within an area For the purpose of this section an electric
Size: fits in an allocated space of 1300 mm by of 2070 mm by 1540 mm.
800 mm. wheelchair or mobility scooter is defined as
Anchorage points a motorised wheelchair. To be registered,
Total width: less than 750 mm. the motorised wheelchair must meet certain
It is safe for a taxi to carry a wheelchair or mobility
Total height: less than 1400 mm when you are requirements, specifically:
scooter only if it has at least four tie down points so
seated (only applies when travelling onboard that it can be securely anchored while the taxi is • has a tare weight of no more than 150 kilograms
wheelchair accessible taxis). This will be increased moving. • cannot travel more than 10 kilometres per hour
to 1500 mm from 31 December 2012. on level ground
What device is most suitable?
Weight • is designed and built for a seated person with
You should be familiar with the requirements for the mobility difficulties
Boarding devices, such as ramps and hoists, can different modes of public transport to assist clients
support a total weight of 300 kilograms. This total • is not propelled by a combustion engine.
to purchase a wheelchair or mobility scooter that is
includes the wheelchair or mobility scooter, its appropriate for the modes they plan to use. For more Registration does not mean that the device can be
occupant and any carried goods. Be mindful that if information, visit the Department of Transport and used on the road in the same way as a car.
someone gives assistance with boarding by pushing Main Roads website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au. Registration is provided free of charge and
a manual wheelchair up a boarding ramp, their includes compulsory third party insurance which
weight is also included. may protect the user against compensation claims
for personal injury following a crash. For example
a crash between a motorised wheelchair and a
pedestrian on the footpath where the motorised
wheelchair user was at fault.