Registering a special mobility vehicle
Special mobility vehicles (SMV) that go faster than 10km/h must be registered before they can be driven on the road.
What is a special mobility vehicle?
A three-wheeled special mobility vehicle (SMV), such as a Nippi, is a vehicle that a person with disability can operate from their wheelchair.
You must be able to fasten the seatbelt and drive at normal traffic speeds on roads and road-related areas while remaining seated in the wheelchair
SMVs must be registered and riders must be licensed.
How to register a special mobility vehicle
Step 1 – Get an inspection
Take your SMV to get a safety inspection at an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS). If the vehicle is modified or non-standard, you may need a Compliance Certificate from a licensed certifier.
Step 2 – Get compulsory third party (CTP) insurance
You can compare quotes online for compulsory third party (CTP) insurance.
After you've bought insurance, most insurance providers send us your policy details electronically.
Step 3 – Visit a service centre
When your vehicle has passed the AUVIS inspection and you have CTP insurance, visit a service centre to provide:
- proof of identity
- proof of your entitlement to register the vehicle
- completed Application for Registration form
- AUVIS inspection report.
Renewing your registration
If your SMV is less than 5 years old, you may not need a safety inspection. See safety checks and vehicle inspections.
To renew you must have: