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E-scooters gaining momentum as ACT Government considers changing road rules

Lachlan Roberts 25 June 2019 48

ACT Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury said he wants to get on the “front foot” with the new devices and has launched a discussion paper seeking the community’s opinion on whether the vehicles should be allowed to travel on the road, footpaths and other high pedestrian areas.

The ACT Government is also deciding what the speed limit should be for e-scooters and whether there should be an age limitation on who may drive them. Mr Rattenbury said he wants to facilitate the safe use of e-scooters and similar devices in the ACT without compromising road safety.

“E-scooter use has increased globally, particularly via rideshare operators, and we have seen trials of these devices pop up throughout Australia,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“E-scooters and similar devices are currently not permitted to be used in public areas in the ACT – however people are keen to use these new types of personal transportation devices.

“We need to make sure our regulations keep pace with these new technologies.

Canberra Public Transport Association chairman Damien Haas and Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury testing an e-scooter.

“It is important that e-scooters and similar devices are appropriately regulated to ensure they are used safely and that we minimise the potential for injuries or other conflicts.”

Other states and countries have a range of different laws regarding the use of e-scooters, with Queensland the only Australian jurisdiction to regulate the use of personal transportation devices on footpaths and shared pathways.

In Queensland, e-scooters and similar devices are allowed to travel on footpaths, shared paths, bicycle paths, bicycle side of separated paths, and on roads with speed limits of 50km/h or less.

Mr Rattenbury said the ACT Government will put a rigorous regime in place to make sure all members of the public are safe and to mitigate any safety concerns.

“Helmets will be required, you are not allowed to use your mobile while riding and you can’t be impacted by drugs and alcohol while riding an e-scooter,” he said.

Mr Rattenbury said e-scooters will contribute to reducing pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise.

“There are question marks around what speed people should be allowed to ride at, where should they be allowed to ride at and what age limit should be put in place to ride an e-scooter.”

The ACT Government has been approached by three or four different scooter-share companies who are “very keen” to operate in the ACT, which Mr Rattenbury said the government was very open to.

Mr Rattenbury said a separate exercise will be undertaken to develop a legislative framework for commercial operators of dockless share schemes for e-scooters and bikes to build on the ACT’s successful bike share trial.

The consultation will run for four weeks, click here to have your say.


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48 Responses to E-scooters gaining momentum as ACT Government considers changing road rules
rationalobserver rationalobserver 9:05 am 27 Jun 19

We can’t even get the balance between pedestrians and bicycle riders right, yet we are about to throw another variable into the mix? At least make them have number plates so we know who to take legal action against when one collides with us on the footpath.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:15 am 27 Jun 19

    Lots of potential new business for the funeral industry here.

Robin Lewis Robin Lewis 10:02 am 27 Jun 19

Carly Glover this would be good for Darcey x

Ann Chaplin Ann Chaplin 10:04 am 27 Jun 19

More nanny state !

Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 10:56 am 27 Jun 19

Oh that’s right now I remember why cyclists wanted to use the road... because nothing is maintained .... lol

    Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 11:29 am 27 Jun 19

    And even the roads are getting bad. 😕

Benjamin Carvalho Benjamin Carvalho 10:58 am 27 Jun 19

Anyone ever seen an elderly person using a mobility scooter on a public road and thought to themselves 'wow! What a perfectly wonderful and safe activity to engage in'?

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 11:14 am 27 Jun 19

    Agreed. Even inside the mall I've almost been run down by the dreaded mobility scooters. The thought of the E-scooter is daunting.

    Malcolm Campbell Malcolm Campbell 12:45 pm 27 Jun 19

    Benjamin Carvalho not good

    Shaz Ray Shaz Ray 5:20 pm 27 Jun 19

    Trish Roberts good

Deanna Cosmas Deanna Cosmas 11:05 am 27 Jun 19

Conor Laenen oh no it’s like lime scooters in Brisbane

Jason Preston Jason Preston 11:07 am 27 Jun 19

put em in the bike lanes and they gotta wear a helmet and pay rego since its powered.

    Hugo Young Hugo Young 8:55 am 28 Jun 19

    Jason Preston You don't have to pay rego on an e-bike so why on an e-scooter?

    Jason Preston Jason Preston 9:52 am 28 Jun 19

    Hugo Young should

Tania Shaw Tania Shaw 12:00 pm 27 Jun 19

They already are, passed on on Barry Drive riding in the on road bike lane yesterday.

Gail Langendorf Gail Langendorf 12:03 pm 27 Jun 19

I think supporting any alternatives to cars is a positive step.

Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 12:22 pm 27 Jun 19

They are way better and faster than bicycles. Why not?

    Benjamin Carvalho Benjamin Carvalho 12:38 pm 27 Jun 19

    Really?! Sources please...

    Shiva Sapkota Shiva Sapkota 1:00 pm 27 Jun 19

    Because they don’t need a human push and also will not stuck in front of a car like cyclists do on a slopey road.

    Phillip Scharf Phillip Scharf 6:20 am 28 Jun 19

    Shiva Sapkota we have a very different idea about how to ride a bike

    Benjamin Carvalho Benjamin Carvalho 8:58 am 28 Jun 19

    Shiva Sapkota That is not a reliable source based on objective data... try again. Sources for such a statement please? (remember, these people VOTE)

aronde aronde 12:22 pm 27 Jun 19

In Brisbane what used to be a leisurely stroll along the Kangaroo Point Cliffs path has become a nightmare. People on these scooters fly past with no warning. Saw one kid get taken out when he dared to get away from his mum and saw another thirty something woman screaming in pain after she came a cropper. And we were only staying in Brisbane for three days!

Steven Spännäri Steven Spännäri 12:46 pm 27 Jun 19

What’s stopping one from doing it now

Malcolm Campbell Malcolm Campbell 12:46 pm 27 Jun 19

Footpath or bike lane BUT not on the road and helmet ⛑complusery.

    Julie Delves Julie Delves 2:12 pm 27 Jun 19

    Malcolm Campbell Footpaths? Have you seen how fast they are? I think they are a good innovation in some ways but not of ‘foot’ paths.

    Malcolm Campbell Malcolm Campbell 2:42 pm 27 Jun 19

    Julie Delves so if not on the footpath and sure as in hell not on the road up against cars trucks and buses then where. I will confess I use to let my primary school son ride his electric scooter on foot path. What do you think is the answer???

    Greg Lee Greg Lee 4:43 pm 27 Jun 19

    Malcolm Campbell Get rid of this Government is the answer

Jodie SB Jodie SB 12:56 pm 27 Jun 19

Why not...

Philippa Ellis Philippa Ellis 1:21 pm 27 Jun 19

Have your say instead of grumbling to me Richard 🤣🤣

Capital Retro Capital Retro 1:41 pm 27 Jun 19

In the first image, is Damien Haas saying to Rattenbury: “You have got to be joking, Shane”

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 1:50 pm 27 Jun 19

And how much is this and other community consultations cost?

Is it $100,000? $250,000?

It's not like they listen to many people anyway. Ditch them and just do things. It's what you're elected for. Not to sit around with your thumbs up your arse.

    Des Main Des Main 3:41 pm 27 Jun 19

    Gwg Heldon another GOOD reason to have left the A.C.T.

    Bill Bloxham Bill Bloxham 3:53 pm 27 Jun 19

    Gwg Heldon they have them up here on the gold coast they are dangerous

    Greg Lee Greg Lee 4:37 pm 27 Jun 19

    Bill Bloxham What politicians with thumbs up their arse :-)

    Greg Lee Greg Lee 4:38 pm 27 Jun 19

    We will have the same problems as we do with bikes... As soon as there is an accident the car driver is in the wrong even if they were in the right. Leftard lunacy

Julie Delves Julie Delves 2:11 pm 27 Jun 19

NOT on the footpaths. Our paths are treacherous enough as it is. If they can use them safely on the roads, go for it.

Bec Andrews Bec Andrews 2:28 pm 27 Jun 19

Firstly, it's riding a scooter,not driving a scooter.

Shouldn't be on the roads as it is unsafe for the rider.

Footpath should be allowed with a speed limit.

Roberta Bausch Roberta Bausch 2:48 pm 27 Jun 19

Will they pay registration if using the road ?

    Phillip Scharf Phillip Scharf 6:22 am 28 Jun 19

    Roberta Bausch pretty sure taxes buy roads ey not registration. What would registration even achieve?

    Roberta Bausch Roberta Bausch 9:45 am 28 Jun 19

    Phillip Scharf whatever go argue with someone else. Everyone entitled to their own opinion

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