Latest Update About the Electric Scooter Laws in Canberra in 2021!
Posted 22nd January 2021. Category: General.
Personal Mobility Device laws in the ACT.
Generally speaking, the rules and regulations mentioned below include the use of electric scooters, electric skateboards, balance scooters in the ACT region:
The definition of a personal mobility device (PMD):
- propelled by an electric motor; and
- designed for use by only 1 person; and
- weighing not more than 60kg unladen; and
- with 1 or more wheels; and
- with a brake system; and
- that cannot travel faster than 25km/h on level ground; and
- with dimensions not more than:
- 1250mm in length; and
- 700mm in width; and
- 1350mm in height.
PMD’s are permitted on footpaths, shared paths, bicycle paths and the bicycle side of separated paths. They are not permitted on roads or bicycle lanes.
A person on a PMD may only use the road if there is no footpath, shared path or nature strip next to the road or it is impracticable to travel on one of those areas. If a person on a PMD is required to use the road, they must cross the road by the shortest, safest route and not stay on the road for longer than necessary.
Personal mobility devices can be used on private property where the road transport law does not apply without restriction.
- You must slow down to 10km/h when approaching and travelling across a crossing;
- You must not travel at a speed faster than 15km/h when travelling on a footpath; and
- You must not travel at a speed faster than 25km/h when travelling on shared paths, bicycle side of separated paths and bicycle paths.
- You must wear an approved bicycle helmet;
- You must have a warning device such as a bell fitted to your device or otherwise accessible to you;
- You are not allowed to use a mobile device while operating the device;
- You must not be impaired by alcohol;
- You must have lights and reflectors on either the device or your person at night or in hazardous weather conditions;
- You must not carry any passengers;
- You must give way to other pedestrians and keep to the left. It is the responsibility of all users to share the footpath and road and be mindful of other users; and
- Children under the age of 12 must not use a PMD without adult supervision
- Obey applicable ACT road transport laws.
- You can travel across a road on a children's crossing, marked foot crossing and pedestrian crossing while on your device as long as you:
- Approach the crossing no faster than 10 km/h
- Check for any approaching traffic and
- Be prepared to stop.
- When on the crossing, you must:
- Not travel faster than 10 km/h
- Keep to the left of the crossing
- Give way to other pedestrians on the crossing and
- Not travel alongside more than one other personal mobility device user.
You can learn more about the electric scooter laws in the ACT on the Justice and Community Safety website here.
The important key safety points to note when operating a personal mobility vehicle:
- Personal safety protection: it is a legal requirement to wear an Australian approved helmet while riding a eMobility device.
- Appropriate Clothing: It is recommended to always wear enclosed footwear while riding. During cold weather conditions, it is also recommended to wear gloves and appropriate winter clothing to avoid stale hands, and operate with full ability.
- It is important to slow down significantly in crowded areas or areas of obstructed visibility. For example, around blind corners.
- Personal mobility vehicles must have a fitted warning device such as a bell. It is recommended to use a bell as much as possible to indicate your position to other pedestrians.
- While riding around or close to other people, pedestrians may feel intimidated if traveling at a high speed. It is recommended to slow down to 5-10km/h in these scenarios.
- While riding at night, it is compulsory to have lights and reflectors fitted to your eMobility device.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are electric scooters legal in Act?
Yes, electric scooters that meet the ACT government's requirements are permitted for use, including; speed limited to 25km/h and riding with a helmet. Refer to the notes above for more specific information on ACT eScooter riding laws.
Can you ride electric scooter on footpath?
In the ACT, riding on a footpath is only permitted when there is no bike path available, you must also travel no faster than 15km/h on a footpath. These laws will vary state by state, you can learn more here:<
Can I ride electric scooter on pavement?
In the ACT, riding on the pavement is only permitted when there is no bike path available, you must also travel no faster than 15km/h on pavements and footpaths. These laws will vary state by state, you can learn more here
Why are electric scooters illegal?
As of December 2019, electric scooters are no longer illegal in the ACT (Canberra) in Australia. Refer to the ACT laws listed above. For other states in Australia, you can learn more
Can I ride electric scooter without license?
In Australian states and territories where electric scooters are permitted you do not require a license to operate an electric scooter (as of January 2021)
Do I need insurance for electric scooter?
Currently (as of January 2021) there are no insurance requirements for private electric scooter use in Australia.
What is the age limit for an electric scooter?
In the ACT (Canberra) the age limit for electric scooter use is 12 years old. However, with parental supervision there is no age limit.
Do I need helmet for scooter?
Yes, wearing a helmet is a legal requirement for riding an electric scooter in Australia.
Where can I leave my electric scooter?
You can leave your electric scooter in a specialty bike rack. Ensure you use a strong lock to prevent theft.
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WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.