When will eScooters be allowed in Sydney?
Posted 30th September 2021. Category: General.
Electric scooters are becoming popular in the Australia, and is being widely used in Sydney but the laws on e-scooters aren’t always clear. With rental schemes popping up across the country, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before they become a fully regulated form of transport. However, the moment the government still hasn't legalised escooters. Here, we uncover the key facts around e-scooter NSW law.
Are electric scooters legal?
At the moment, privately-owned electric scooters are illegal to use on the public highway in Sydney. You can only ride privately-owned e-scooters on private land, after obtaining approvals from the respective landowners.
However, you can still buy, sell, rent and own and keep an e-scooter without getting into any serious trouble.
Rental e-scooters are currently allowed to be only used in privately owned lands. Hence, if you are a beginner and would like to try out an electric scooter in Sydney. Perhaps renting it before buying can definitely help you figure out what you want.
Can I ride an electric scooter on the road?
It’s currently illegal to use a privately-owned e-scooter on the public highway (roads, pavements or cycle paths).
However, you can ride a privately-owned e-scooter on private land with the owner’s permission.
E-scooters are included under the relatively new term powered transporters, which also includes devices such as Segways, hoverboards, etc. There is no specific law that governs powered transporters, so they are covered under the same laws as all motor vehicles.
Can I ride an electric scooter on the pavement?
A pavement is classified as part of the public highway, which means that it is also illegal to ride an e-scooter on one.
Do I need a licence to ride an electric scooter?
Yes. To ride e-scooter legally, you need to hold a valid full or provisional driving licence. Otherwise there are chances that you might end up injuring yourself if you havent learnt to drive properly and do not hold the basic information about road rules. E-scooters (both privately-owned and rental) have clear potential to help clean up our urban areas and environment, moving the focus towards a healthier way of living.
Here's to hoping for the better situations and electric scooter laws for the Sydney city.Keep watching this for the latest updates on electric scooter.
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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.