Motorized wheelchairs may be regulated in Quebec

Quebec is launching a study to help determine if it should regulate the use of motorized wheelchairs.
A motorized wheelchair on a road in Ontario. (Courtesy: Jonathan Crowe blog)

Quebec is launching a study to help determine if it should regulate the use of motorized wheelchairs.

Currently anyone in the province can buy and use one but the provincial government is considering implementing restrictions.

A group that advocates for people with disabilities is speaking out against increased regulation of the vehicles.

"It makes no sense because it's our body, you know, I mean, we have no choice actually. What is clear to me is that they want to make money on us. It's sure," said Linda Gauthier, with advocacy group Rapliq.

The use of motorized wheelchairs has been linked to 19 deaths in Quebec over the past 15 years.

Government officials said Quebec doesn't intend to restrict the sale or use of motorized wheelchairs for at least three years.