My Father is Buying a Scooter

My father is buying an electric scooter.  He is wanting to know if there are any driving regulations that he should be aware  of including;

  • can he drive on the sidewalk or bicycle lanes,
  • is it safe to park at trail heads (McDonald Park & the bird sanctuary trails),
  • is there a problem with steeling
  • is insurance required and/or what kind of insurance should he have

The scooter is completely covered so he can drive it in Comox/Courtenay all winter. 

Answer

When you say scooter, I'm expecting that you mean a motorized wheelchair used by a handicapped person.

They are considered to be pedestrians and must follow the same rules that pedestrians do. So, yes, they can be used with caution on sidewalks but do not belong in bicycle lanes. No insurance is required beyond theft insurance that may be part of your usual household insurance. Check that with your insurance agent.

Yes, like anything else, these devices are subject to theft. Don't leave them unlocked or unattended in any place that you would not leave anything of similar value. Thieves don't care about your handicap.

 

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