The Legality of Electric Scooters

Posted 4th April 2019. Category: Product Information.

The Legality of Electric Scooters in Australia

Posted 4th April 2019. Category: Product Information.


The legality of electric scooters is something our team gets asked quite a lot from customers. It can be difficult to understand the laws in your local area, as they vary state by state. This page is designed to inform riders of the rules governing e-scooters in each state. We will make our best effort to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee this, and recommend you to do your own research.

QLD:
In Queensland riding an electric scooter on public roads and footpaths are permitted. However, there are some rules that riders must follow:
- Helmets must be worn
- Children under 12 cannot ride, and riders up to 16 must be supervised by an adult.
- Riders must give way to pedestrians
- Speed limit to 25km/h
Riders may be fined up to $130 if they break the rules

VIC:
Electric scooters that are limited to less than 200w in power output and capable of speeds below 10km/h are permitted for use on public roads and footpaths. Ask us today about which scooters are suitable for you.

We are expecting the Victorian state government to update their transport legislation to allow faster and more powerful scooters later this year.

ACT:
eMobility products (such as eScooters and eBikes) have been legalised in the ACT (Canberra) for use, up to 25km/h top speed. All products sold at WalkSmart in Canberra are legal for use. Here is the breakdown of the updated law:
- Electric scooters, skateboards are legal to use on shared paths and footpaths
- They are not permitted on roads or on-road bicycle lanes (except on residential streets where there is no footpath)
- They are subject to a maximum speed of 15km/h on footpaths and up to 25km/h in all other permitted locations
- Users must give way to pedestrians and keep to the left

NSW:
Currently, in NSW riding an electric scooter on public roads and footpaths are not allowed. However, it is permitted on private grounds.

The state government has formed an e-scooter working group aimed to offer trial programs and help determine the fate of e-scooters in the region. E-scooter sharing company Lime has formed a campaign asking members to lobby the government to start a trial for shared scooters.

Given this, we are expecting that the NSW transport minister will revise the laws to keep up with the new form of city transportation. As done by Queensland.

For more information:
https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/pedestrians/skateboardsfootscootersandrollerblades/index.html

SA:
Currently, in South Australia riding an electric scooter on public roads and footpaths are not allowed. However, riding is allowed on private grounds.

We are expecting that the South Australia state government will update their transport legislation to allow e-scooters on public grounds in the near future.

WA:
Currently, in Western Australia riding an electric scooter on public roads and footpaths are not allowed if its motor power exceeds 200w.

According to the Department of Transport 'Compliant e-scooters can only be legally ridden on low speed WA public roads and paths if their maximum power output is no more than 200 watts and they cannot travel more than 10 km/h on level ground. Many e-scooters on the market are non-compliant and have motors that exceed 200 watts and can travel at speeds much faster than 10 km/h.'

We are expecting the Western Australia state government to update their transport legislation soon to enable motorised scooters above 200w.

You can learn more via ths link: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/aboutus/33464_44987.asp

NT:
Electric scooters that are limited to less than 200w in power output and capable speeds below 10km/h are permitted for use on public roads and footpaths. Scooters exceeding this power and speed will require registration. Ask us today about which scooters are suitable for you.

We are expecting the Northern Territory state government to update their transport legislation to allow faster and more powerful scooters later this year, following in the footsteps of Queensland.

For more information:
https://nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/374352/v56-motorised-foot-scooters-and-power-assisted-cycles.pdf

TAS:
Electric scooters that are limited to less than 200w in power output for use on public roads and footpaths. Scooters exceeding this power and speed will require registration. Ask us today about which scooters are suitable for you.

Some rules apply:
- Approved helmets must be worn
- Can be used on paths and roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less but cannot be used on roads with dividing lines or median strips;
- Must keep to the left on roads and paths and must not be ridden two abreast;
- Must not be used on the road at night except if crossing by the shortest route, for example at an intersection, although they can be used on paths at night; and
- Must give way to walkers and be ridden with due care and attention.

We are expecting the Tasmanian state government to update their transport legislation to allow faster and more powerful scooters later this year, following in the footsteps of Queensland.

For more information:
https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/?a=109502

More Information:
Here is a good article from car insurance company 'BudgetDirect', 'Australia’s electric scooter laws by state'

The Legality of Electric Scooters in Australia