License a motorised wheelchair

Find out about motorised wheelchairs including wheelchairs powered by internal combustion engines or electric motors, and devices referred to as gophers.

  License a motorised wheelchair

10 km/h limit

Motorised wheelchairs include wheelchairs driven by petrol, diesel or electric engines, and vehicles referred to as 'gophers'.

Motorised wheelchairs must be designed so that they cannot exceed a speed of 10 km/h.

Limiting the speed of motorised wheelchairs to 10 km/h means:

  • The driver of these vehicles will be legally defined as a pedestrian.
  • A vehicle designed with this restriction is not legally considered as a motorised vehicle and does not need to be licensed.
  • Drivers of these wheelchairs are not required to hold a driver's licence.
  • Not required to pay compulsory Motor Injury Insurance (MII).

Motorised wheelchairs capable of higher speeds

Motorised wheelchairs that are capable of travelling faster than 10 km/h do not have pedestrian status and must be treated as road going vehicles. They would need to be either:

  • Returned to the manufacturer so that the top speed can be limited to 10 km/h, or
  • Conditionally licensed for the road.

Where a genuine need is demonstrated, vehicles that are more suitable for higher speeds (for example: quad bikes) can be conditionally licensed as motorised wheelchairs.

Modifications (such as the addition of indicator lights and proper road going tyres) may need to be made to these vehicles to ensure road safety.

More information

For more information on motorised wheelchairs, read the Motorised wheelchair guide available on the Main Roads website, which includes information on:

  • Registration and licensing.
  • Safety and insurance.
  • Travelling by car and public transport.
  • Using motorised wheelchairs on the road.
External Link Main Roads WA: Motorised wheelchair user guides


Page last updated: Tue May 17 2016 10:33:07 AM