Mobility aid devices such as motorised mobility scooters are becoming increasingly popular throughout NSW. However, some of these devices are not suitable for use in a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT).
When the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport were created, some basic assumptions were made in relation to mobility aids to be used on Public Transport. Any passenger whose mobility aid does not meet these assumptions may not be able to access a WAT.
If any of the following criteria cannot be met, the WAT driver must decide whether it is safe to transport the passenger and their mobility aid:
- The combined weight of passenger and mobility aid does not exceed 300kg.
- The overall width of passenger and mobility aid does not exceed 800mm and the length does not exceed 1300mm when occupied.
- The passenger’s head height when seated in a mobility aid does not exceed 1400mm (until 2012 when it increases to 1500mm).
- The mobility aid can turn through 180 degrees in an area 2070mm x 1540mm.
- Mobility aid is fitted with suitable anchorage points and the passenger is able to wear a suitable seat belt.
If you are in any doubt as to whether you can safely transport a passenger in a mobility aid (including scooters or wheelchairs) you should contact your network, or if in Sydney you can contact Zero200 on 9332 0200, for advice.
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