Electric scooters or e-scooters are absolutely booming, and will definitely be on quite a few Christmas wish lists this year. They are efficient and inexpensive to run – compared to other forms of motorised transport.
There are certainly a lot of options when it comes to e-scooters but what are the regulations? Are there any regulations in your state? Is there such a thing as e-scooter etiquette? In this article we’ll discuss the regulations in each state as well as some common sense etiquette.
Electric Scooter laws and regulations
At this time electric scooters can only be used on public pathways in Queensland. In all other Australian states motorised scooters that travel at greater than 10 km/hr are only permitted to be used on private property.
In Queensland the rules for personal mobility devices are clear and can be viewed here.
In summary you must wear an approved bicycle helmet, not carry passengers, don’t use a mobile phone while riding, and your scooter needs to have a white light on the front and red light on the back. When riding on a path or walk way always keep to the left and give way to pedestrians, keep left of oncoming bicycles and other e-scooters and only use the bicycle side of a shared path. In Queensland you can actually be fined at least $133 for not complying with these rules. So it is definitely a good idea to revise them in detail.
E-Scooter etiquette – 5 things to keep in mind when you’re scooting
In Queensland electric scooters can share walk ways and roads with cars, bicycles, motorbikes, pedestrians and joggers. With an ever-increasing popularity, it seems that they are here to stay. So we’ve identified 5 tips on e-scooter etiquette.
Scoot safely. Always wear a helmet. Watch for traffic, this includes vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. There are so many signs to look out for as well. Make sure you observe road signs, bike way signs and walkway signs. Check the regulations in your area and find out where scooters are allowed
Scoot solo. It may be tempting but it is illegal (and dangerous) to carry passengers on scooters. Plus if you go over and someone has footage of it, it may just be immortalised on the internet for everyone to see over and over again!
Scoot respectfully. Acknowledge pedestrians and slow down when in vicinity and allow sufficient space for passing. Stop when necessary and give way.
Don’t drink and scoot. Sounds funny doesn’t it. But here in Queensland we have heard many stories of riding a Lime scooter home after a night out, only to end up in the local hospital with a few stitches!
Avoid travel on roads. E-scooters should be used on pathways where ever possible. Main roads and CBD roads are out. You can use your scooter to cross a road or avoid an obstruction on a path for up to 50m. You can also ride on local streets (50km/hr zones), where it is safe to do so. Don’t be ‘that guy’ holding up traffic in the CBD while riding along on the road!
Electric scooters are a fun, energy efficient, environmentally friendly product that anyone from any 12 and over could get a kick from or find a use for. The world is turning towards transportation which meet all of the above criteria, and the e-scooter is certainly one of the strongest contenders.
So if you’ve been flirting with the idea of purchasing one then it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll be enjoying your scooter no matter what purpose you bought it for. The video below shows the Grudge E-Scooter in action!