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  • Discussion Paper AP-C107-19

    Motorised Mobility Devices Discussion Paper

    Establishing a Nationally Consistent Framework and Adopting Technical Specification 3695.3.2018

  • Motorised Mobility Devices Discussion Paper

    Prepared by

    Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

    Publisher

    Austroads Ltd. Level 9, 287 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Phone: +61 2 8265 3300 austroads@austroads.com.au www.austroads.com.au

    Project Manager

    Sona Trivedi-Ginn, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

    Abstract

    This discussion paper seeks stakeholder views on:

    • options for the adoption of Australian Standard’s Technical Specification for Motorised Mobility Devices; and

    • considerations associated with a national registration and licensing system for Motorised Mobility Devices and their users as recommended by the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry into the Need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs.

    The options presented in this paper are based on collated feedback from stakeholders who attended workshops in Brisbane in April 2019. Questions are provided throughout the paper to assist in responding to the paper.

    Responses to this paper will be collated to inform the final project report, including recommendations, for Austroads consideration.

    Please send your submissions by email to MMD_Consultation@tmr.qld.gov.au

    Submissions will be accepted until 16 September 2019.

    About Austroads

    Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies.

    Austroads’ purpose is to support our member organisations to deliver an improved Australasian road transport network. To succeed in this task, we undertake leading-edge road and transport research which underpins our input to policy development and published guidance on the design, construction and management of the road network and its associated infrastructure.

    Austroads provides a collective approach that delivers value for money, encourages shared knowledge and drives consistency for road users.

    Austroads is governed by a Board consisting of senior executive representatives from each of its eleven member organisations:

    • Transport for NSW • Roads Corporation Victoria • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads • Main Roads Western Australia • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

    South Australia • Department of State Growth Tasmania • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

    Northern Territory • Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate,

    Australian Capital Territory • The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development

    and Cities • Australian Local Government Association • New Zealand Transport Agency.

    Keywords

    Motorised mobility device, discussion paper, Australian Standard, technical specification. registration, licensing

    Austroads Project No. SRL6218

    Austroads Publication No. AP-C107-19

    Publication date August 2019

    Pages 28

    © Austroads 2019

    This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the prior written permission of Austroads.

    This report has been prepared for Austroads as part of its work to promote improved Australian and New Zealand transport outcomes by providing expert technical input on road and road transport issues.

    Individual road agencies will determine their response to this report following consideration of their legislative or administrative arrangements, available funding, as well as local circumstances and priorities.

    Austroads believes this publication to be correct at the time of printing and does not accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of information herein. Readers should rely on their own skill and judgement to apply information to particular issues.

  • Motorised Mobility Devices Discussion Paper

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    Contents

    1. Purpose of the Discussion Paper......................................................................................................... 1

    2. Context .................................................................................................................................................... 2 2.1 Current regulation ............................................................................................................................. 2 2.2 Background ...................................................................................................................................... 2 2.3 National Transport Commission project ........................................................................................... 2 2.4 Senate Inquiry Recommendations ................................................................................................... 3

    3. Adoption of The Technical Specification For MMDS ......................................................................... 4 3.1 What is the Technical Specification for MMDs? ............................................................................... 4 3.2 Unladen mass limit ........................................................................................................................... 5 3.3 Intended safety benefits ................................................................................................................... 6 3.4 Certification ...................................................................................................................................... 7

    4. Options for Adoption of The Technical Specification ........................................................................ 8 4.1 Option 1 – Do nothing .................................................................................................................... 10 4.2 Option 2 – Consumer driven adoption of the Technical Specification ........................................... 11 4.3 Option 3 – Industry driven adoption of the Technical Specification ............................................... 12 4.4 Option 4 – Regulatory prescription of the Technical Specification ................................................ 15 4.5 Other regulatory considerations ..................................................................................................... 17

    5. Recommended Approach for Adoption of The Technical Specification........................................ 19

    6. Registration and Licensing for MMDs ............................................................................................... 20 6.1 Summary of advantages identified by the Senate Inquiry submissions ......................................... 20 6.2 Summary of disadvantages identified by the Senate Inquiry submissions .................................... 20 6.3 Registration of MMDs ..................................................................................................................... 21 6.4 Recommended approach for Registration of MMDs ...................................................................... 22 6.5 Licensing of MMD users ................................................................................................................. 23 6.6 Recommended approach for Licensing of MMDs .......................................................................... 24

    7. Guidance Questions for Response .................................................................................................... 25

    8. Next Steps ............................................................................................................................................. 27

    Appendix A Comparison of Australian Standard and Technical Specification Requirements .... 28

    Tables

    Table 3.1: Comparison of Technical Specifications by label type ................................................................ 5 Table A.1: Comparison of Australian Standard and Technical Specification Requirements ..................... 28

    Figures

    Figure 4.1: White label and blue labels – Assessed devices ......................................................................... 4

  • Motorised Mobility Devices Discussion Paper

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    1. Purpose of the Discussion Paper

    Motorised Mobility Devices (MMDs) are defined as powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Austroads has invested in projects to improve the safety MMDs for a number of years, with the current Austroads project seeking to explore options for the adoption of the Technical Specification 3695.3.2018 for MMDs which was finalised in 2018 as the output of a previous Austroads project. The project is entitled: Austroads Project SRL6218: Explore options to establish a nationally consistent framework in line with Senate Committee outcomes and adopt Technical Specification 3695.3.2018 for Motorised Mobility Devices.

    As well as adopting the Technical Specification for MMDs, the project seeks to address the recommendations from the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry into the Need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs, which handed down its findings regarding MMDs on 20 September 2018. The Inquiry recommended that Austroads establish a nationally consistent regulatory framework for MMDs, including co