Transporting Mobility Equipment

Transporting Mobility Equipment
Many people use a mobility aid such as a wheelchair, scooter or walker to access the local community. Sometimes it
can be difficult transporting such equipment to the places you want to go. There are many options and a range of
equipment that can make transporting a mobility aid easier.
A wheelchair carrier is a tubular metal frame that is mounted to the tow bar of a vehicle to
carry a folded manual wheelchair. With more economical styles, the wheelchair must be
lifted and hung off two hooks located above ground level. More expensive styles allow the
wheelchair to be rolled onto the carrier with minimal lifting required.
The Transport Department requires that the registration plate is repositioned and
illuminated when using the carrier and that the carrier is removed when not in use. Contact
a Queensland Transport Customer Service Centre for more information.
An electrically operated wheelchair hoist uses a winch to raise and store a manual
wheelchair onto the back or into the boot of a vehicle without the need for excessive
handling or lifting of the wheelchair.
An electric roof-mounted wheelchair hoist raises and lowers the wheelchair bedside the car
door and can therefore enable some wheelchair users to independently load and unload
their wheelchair. Some wheelchair hoists also have the option of a weather-proof cover to
protect the wheelchair.
Wheelchair ramps can enable a wheelchair or scooter to be loaded into a van or station
wagon without the need for excessive bending or lifting. Ramps can be either freestanding
or mounted to the tow bar of the vehicle. Ramps are available as single width or two
connected components, to suit either 3 wheel or 4 wheel mobility devices.
Electrically operated wheelchair lifters consist of a platform that is electrically raised and
lowered to load a wheelchair in a vehicle. Although many lifters are designed for large
coaches and buses, some can be fitted in minivans, high roof station wagons and utilities,
making them more suitable for domestic use.
Scooter and wheelchair trailers allow transport of scooters and electric wheelchairs without
the need to disassemble them. Scooter trailers have tilting deck to enable a scooter or
power wheelchair to be driven on and off the trailer.
Scooter trailers are required to be registered with the Department of Transport.
A scooter loader is a hoist-like device that is fixed to the floor of a vehicle luggage
compartment. Loaders use an electric drive to lift and lower the scooter and a rotating arm
to swing the scooter into the luggage compartment or boot.
There is a range of loaders available to suit various vehicles, including minivans, station
wagons, hatchbacks and sedans. These devices are sometimes made for only one brand
of scooter. However, some loaders can also be used with a range of scooters and power
wheelchairs, depending on the weight of the chair.
The space designated for mobility equipment on public transport is 800mm x 1300mm.
When travelling on public transport is tis important to remember to position the wheelchair
or scooter in the designated area and apply the brakes.
BUS – Brisbane Transport has low floor accessible buses that can be organised to run on
a specific bus route with 24 hours notice. Bus Drivers can provide assistance as required.
Wheelchair users can either remain in their wheelchair or transfer to a seat. It is
recommended that the wheelchair users travel facing the rear of the bus.
TRAIN – Wheelchair users can wait at the wheelchair symbol painted on the platform or
ask at the counter for assistance with boarding. Queensland rail staff can provide
assistance to wheelchair and scooter users with boarding and exiting train using ramps
provided at the stations.
FERRY AND CITY CAT – Ferry staff provide assistance to board and exit the City Cat
as necessary. Eight ferry terminals in Brisbane are easily wheelchair accessible.
TAXI TRAVEL – Wheelchair accessible taxis (often called Maxi Taxis) are able to
transport manual and power wheelchairs, and scooters. Wheelchair users can travel in their
chair if it is suitable for use with a wheelchair restraint system. Scooter users are required
to transfer into the taxi seat. Cab drivers can provide assistance with boarding and can
ensure that the wheelchair or scooter is properly secured. You will need to inform the
operator that an accessible taxi is required.
The Transport Options and Access Guide summarises information about transport options
available within Brisbane and surrounding areas. It includes information on transport for
people with disability and those using mobility equipment. The guide is available in Greek,
Chinese and Vietnamese. For further information contact Transport Access on (07) 3253
Contact you local council for specific public transport options and schemes.
Telephone, fax or e-mail your enquiry to obtain further information from one of the therapists about products.
Alternatively, you can make an appointment to trial the equipment at our display centres or through our outreach
service. Please phone LifeTec for further details.
Last Updated: March 2009
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