I Want an Electric Scooter in Australia - What Laws are There?
It might be something you’ve never considered, but it is possible to be arrested for drink driving even when you are not behind the wheel of a car. Only a few years ago I witnessed a guy who’d had a few too many booked for DUI when he was on his rollerblades.
You might think that’s a ridiculous story, but after some research I discovered the reason this guy was booked was because he was on what’s referred to as a ‘wheeled recreational device’. This category refers to rollerblades, skateboards, scooters and electric motored devices.
What this means for you is that there are some laws around riding an electric scooter in Australia. Laws are determined by each state so be sure to check your own state government’s guidelines on how to best behave on the roads.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – New South Wales
At the moment, residents of NSW aren’t permitted to ride electric scooters on a road in Sydney or anywhere else in the state. The issue is the motor which powers the device. It can cost you a fine of $78 on the spot but won’t cost you any demerits.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – Queensland
Electric scooters are currently legal to ride in Queensland and don’t need to be registered. It is suggested that you stick to a path whenever you can, make sure you keep left, give way to other pedestrians and travel at a safe speed.
You can also drive on roads that have a speed limit of 50km/h and below as long as there is no median strip.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – South Australia
South Australia does not allow you to ride on roads, footpaths or bike tracks. Electric scooters are considered motorised which requires a driver’s licence, registration and mandatory insurance.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – Victoria
Electric scooters that are less than 200 watts and keep under 10km/h are allowed to be ridden on public roads and footpaths. Victoria doesn’t focus on specifying where you cannot ride an electric scooter, but instead on non-compliance if a device has specific features.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – Western Australia
Whilst e-scooters are relatively new for WA, it is illegal to ride many models on public roads and paths, making them only viable on private property. Those models which are eligible should be ridden at low speeds, no more than 10km/h, and have to have a power output of less than 200 watts. Another important rule to note is that you may not ride after the sun has gone down or before it comes up.
Electric Scooter in Australia Laws – Tasmania
Tasmania’s electric scooter rules fall within their recreational wheeled vehicles guidelines. Like many other states, eligible scooters must not exceed a power output of 200 watts and must keep to a sensible speed limit.
You can see there are more than just a few laws which apply to riding an electric scooter in Australia. Laws, it’s important to remember, are to keep everyone safe!