Alberta's Traffic Safety Act defines a Mobility Scooter as a “Mobility aid” means a device used to facilitate the transport, in a normal seated orientation, of a person with a physical disability.
Special laws: A mobility aid user is by definition considered a pedestrian. All rules that apply to pedestrians also apply to individuals operating a mobility
aid. (Traffic Safety Act, Section 1, definition of “pedestrian”)
- A mobility aid user is, by definition, considered a pedestrian.
- All rules that apply to pedestrians also apply to individuals operating a mobility aid.
- It is recommended that a mobility aid be operated on sidewalks or pathways, not a roadway.
- Slow down when you make turns.
- Using caution turning uphill while driving. The angle of the slope and your speed could cause the scooter to tip.
- If an automobile is parked near your crossing, use extra caution to make sure other drivers can see you.
- If you are in a mall or on a busy sidewalk there may be people walking much slower than your scooter. Remember that even if a scooter is considered a pedestrian, you must yield to people walking.
- Driving in rainy conditions and through water puddles could damage the motor or controls. Also try not to use the scooter during very cold weather with snow and ice.
- When you step off your scooter, you should always take the keys out ﬁrst as you do not want to touch the throttle while getting on or off the scooter.
- Look for ramps or curb cuts to use instead of driving straight off of a curb. You may want to know if there is a ramp on the other sidewalk as you do not want to get stuck on the road.