23 December 2022

Modified e-scooter caught going 100 km/h on Majura Parkway

| Claire Fenwicke
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Double demerits are in force in the ACT until 11:59 pm on 2 January 2023. Photo: ACT Policing.

Canberrans are being reminded about the dangers of modifying an e-scooter after one was detected by police being ridden at 100 km/h.

Officers saw the scooter on the Majura Parkway on-road bike lane at about 8:40 this morning (Friday, 23 December).

It’s claimed when motorcycle officers directed the scooter rider to stop, he left the parkway and rode onto an adjacent bike path.

The rider lost control of the scooter and fell off before police said he attempted to run away.

He was apprehended nearby a short time later and given a roadside drug test, which police allege returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The 38-year-old Phillip man was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

ACT Policing has reminded the community it is illegal to ride a Personal Mobility Device, including an e-scooter, at a speed in excess of 25 km/h.

The rider is expected to be charged with vehicular offences, including disqualified driving, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and failing to stop for police. Additional charges are likely.

Police have seized the scooter.

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Meanwhile, a 22-year-old Belconnen woman is the first to be charged in the ACT during the Christmas holiday double demerit period.

Police said a red Mazda ute was detected at 139 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Caswell Drive, Aranda.

The woman was issued an $1841 fine, 12 demerit points and lost her licence.

Road users are reminded double demerit points are in effect in the ACT until 11:59 pm Monday, 2 January 2023.

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Capital Retro8:58 pm 27 Dec 22

In the UK all e-scooters must have liability insurance.

I visited my mother in Kambah and was heading back to Deakin when an E Scooter crossed my path around the Athlonn Sulwood roundabout. He flew through the roundabout from Wanniassa and then was doing approximately 80kmhr up the Athlonn bike path as I couldn’t catch him on the road. Crazy.

Capital Retro8:49 am 25 Dec 22

Yes, a lot of zero-emission devotees on their illegal but condoned e-scooters are heading for an emission free irresponsible death.

I’ve had some near misses with e-scooters, especially after dark in Civic. No identifying number plates, no insurance, no redress if I’m injured. Our government isn’t interested and reply with the usual brush-off emails. The danger far outweighs the usefulness, people are getting injured and more will die.

This government seems to think that it’s fine to bully older people, disabled people and children, whilst completely ignoring the needs of pedestrians as trendy scooter or bike riders are put first, even displacing the biggest bullies of all who drive their cars without regard for others.

All vehicle users need to be registered and insured, as well as identifiable for stopping harm caused by those who are self-centred and reckless. Currently all are free to do what they want, with no consequences for harm caused to others. As a result, they are viewed with suspicion and fear by those who are vulnerable, as they have no way of seeking justice or even preventing injury aside from staying home or in their cars. That’s not equity, nor is it part of an inclusive community.

Same thing happened with horses, then bikes, the skateboards and now this. It’s evolution and nothing new.

It’s the same problem with mobility scooters. My mother was knocked over by one of those and was injured badly. Police and ambulance called and police said there is nothing that can be done

There are bold e-scooter riders and there are old e-scooter riders. There are no old, bold e-scooter riders

Capital Retro9:02 am 24 Dec 22

In what way was it modified or was it bought on-line already modified?

There are plenty illegal e-scooters and e-bikes around in this category. Only a matter of time before people are killed.

Evel Knievel has been the inspiration for many two wheeled daredevils.

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