Motorized mobility scooter use and knowledge of the rules and etiquette: A survey
Physical and Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics
Taylor and Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia.
Edith Cowan University.
Aims: Motorized mobility scooters (MMS) may increase occupational participation for individuals with mobility limitations. However, safety concerns exist for device users, pedestrians and other vehicles with use of MMS in public locations. This study aimed to determine if users of MMS comprehend and apply relevant road regulations and practice etiquette appropriate for MMS use within the community. Method: MMS users over 18 years in the Western Australian region completed a survey design with quantitative and qualitative descriptors. Results: A non-experimental exploratory descriptive study utilized a survey design collected data on users’ comprehension and application of MMS road rules and etiquette guidelines. Twenty-seven participants completed the survey. Conclusion: There is a dearth of understanding among MMS users of the exact pedestrian road rules and etiquette practices to abide by. Further high quality studies are needed to determine accuracy and transferability of results across the expansive MMS user population.