Rules and Regulations for People Using Motorized Chairs and Scooters

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Reason for This Article

Many times while driving in my car I encounter electric or motorized chairs on the roadways. There are times when I come up behind one of these chairs and it is going maybe 30 km's or 18.6 mph. They refuse to move over to let me pass and I find this very frustrating as a driver. So I've taken it upon myself to look into the rules and regulations when it comes to someone operating said chairs. Hoping that many people will find this to be beneficial to them or to people they know.

One night while coming home I was driving down a very poorly lit street and to my right I noticed a wheelchair going down the hill beside me. He did not have any lights or reflective gear on his chair at all. Things like this scare me for safety reasons.

Rules and Regulations

Across Canada you will find that the rules and regulations vary slightly but not all that much.

  • If you are under the age of 18 you must have parental consent to operate a motorized chair or scooter.
  • Most provinces require you to be at least 16 years of age.
  • You must have an eye exam and pass a road test.
  • There are certain scooters that are only allowed to be used off road.
  • Your drivers licence must have an endorsement.
  • Top speed is 70 km per hour or 43.4 mph, however you must obey all the speed limits.

Your Thoughts

Do you encounter motorized chairs or scooters frequently that do not obey the rules of the road?

  • Not really sure.
  • Yes all the time.
  • Yes once in a while I do.
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Should a Helmet Law Be in Place?

Currently people that use scooters and chairs do not have to wear a helmet. This surprises me as they are out in the open with no head protection whatsoever. I personally fell that there should be a helmet law in effect.

This guy should have definitely been wearing a helmet on his motorized scooter.

Ride Responsibly

While Driving a Car

Please I ask everyone to pay attention while driving and use caution when coming upon any motorized scooter, wheelchair and such. There are so many accidents caused each year from people not paying attention and I am wanting to make everyone aware.

Thank you for taking the time to read this short and to the point article. I only hope that it may increase awareness and maybe save a few lives along the way.

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Just Ask Susan 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Rachel, glad you found it interesting and thanks for voting it up.


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Rachel L Alba 21 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

What an interesting hub. I really don't know what the laws are here but in the little town I live in there are 2 senior citizen high rises and so I do see them in their motorized chairs going down the streets even crossing the streets in them. Sometimes they don't even look to see if anyone is coming. I am very cautious around them. God forbid anyone gets hurt. I enjoyed the videos too. I voted thumbs up, useful and interesting.

Blessings.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I can see driving ones lawn mower on their own property but not out in public. Things that make you go ???? Thanks for stopping by MSC!


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Me Sew Crazy 2 years ago from St. Louis

I'm sure the laws differ a bit but they are close here in the US. Recently a guy was in the news because he was arrested for driving his riding lawn mower - drunk! Now they have laws about that...!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mary, Just the other day I saw an older gentleman riding his motorized scooter down the middle of the road in front of my house. It makes me nervous for him and for others as well.


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mbgphoto 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Interesting article. My husband drives a motorized scooter but he pretty much stays away from roads. We use it mostly for vacations where he can't walk very far. You have brought up some interesting points.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I spoke with my step-sister as she uses a chair scooter due to health issues. She pointed out that she felt that the man I saw that night on the dark road may have been somewhere during daylight hours and this was the reason he didn't have any lights. I found this to be a very poor excuse. Thanks Dianna and always nice to see you.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I fear for some of these drivers when they are on the highway. You can't really tell how fast they are going until it is almost too late. Caution must be used when following one at all times. I do believe they are gas savers but must be used with extreme caution. Hope drivers pay attention to these rules you posted.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

FlourishAnyway, So sorry your father-in-law had a fall with his motorized chair.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

My father-in-law (who lived alone) bought one of these to ride around in his neighborhood. The very first time he took it out, he tipped over in it on a sidewalk and scraped himself up so badly he was hospitalized. If kids on bikes wear helmets, why not for consistency?


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Genna.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I only wish they'd all drive and ride responsibly. Thanks for reading favored and commenting.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Susan. The use of motorized chairs is growing along with non-existent or ignored rules of the road. Night and reflective lights should be a given -- if for no other reason than common sense. Interesting article, well written and very timely. Voted up and shared.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

These types of motorized chairs are not permitted on the roads where I'm from, but in my travels I have seen them. Like motorcycles, it's sometimes hard to see them and their safety is always a concern of mine.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

So glad that you agree with me Alicia and thanks for letting me know.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I think that motorized chairs of the type that you describe should most definitely have to follow traffic laws if they're used on the road. No helmet and no lights can both create a dangerous situation.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Ruby!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hey thanks Frank, I didn't really ever go anywhere though :) Just opened a second account is all. Those things can go pretty fast eh. They should have to follow all the auto laws, I agree.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can't imagine anyone in a wheelchair at night without reflective gear. I know how scary that was for you. That goes for pedestrians walking on the highway at night. A young man was killed near by on the interstate, the driver said that he didn't see him. Informative article.. Thank's..


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

It sure is Bill. The chair I saw at night really frightened me as I barely saw him and thought wow he's lucky I didn't hit him.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Hey welcome back Just Ask Susan... I was just getting use to the other Susan.. First I didn't even know those scooters can hit over 40 mph.. wow.. if that's the case they should follow auto laws.. what a good hub Just Ask Susan...


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It's a tough call, isn't it? This is one of those gray areas of traffic law that most cities have no addressed. Although I'm not a big fan of helmet laws, I think consistency is important. If motor scooter riders have to wear helmets then those operating motorized chairs should have to....and lights at night? Hello? Doesn't that just make sense? Anyway, good food for thought.

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