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Rules and Regulations for People Using Motorized Chairs and Scooters
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.
Do you encounter motorized chairs or scooters frequently that do not obey the rules of the road?
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.
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.
© 2014 Susan Zutautas