New rules and increased fines now apply for riders of e-scooters, e-skateboards and similar devices that aim to make riders and everyone they interact with safe.
Key rules and their fines include:
- Wear a helmet (or face a $143 fine)
- No doubling (or face a $143 fine)
- When riding on a footpath or shared path, do not exceed 12km/hr (fines range from $143 to $575 depending on how much you exceed the 12km/h speed limit by)
- 25km/h remains the maximum speed limit for devices on bike paths and on local streets (with a speed limit of 50km/h or less, with no dividing centre line or median strip) (fines range from $143 to $575 depending on how much you exceed the 25km/h speed limit by)
- You can ride in bike lanes on roads with a speed limit of 50km/hr or less at up to 25km/h (fines range from $143 to $575 depending on how much you exceed the 25km/h speed limit by)
- If a path has a signed speed limit different to either the 12km/h or 25km/h default (depending on the type of infrastructure), this also applies to riders (fines range from $143 to $575 depending on how much you exceed the speed limit by)
- Do not ride on a prohibited road (or face a $172 fine)
- Never hold a mobile phone in your hand while riding (expect the same fine as if you illegally used a phone while driving – $1078)
It’s also now mandatory to have a warning bell for e-scooters and e-devices with handlebars. It will help to better alert other path users of your approach. When you’re finished your journey, park safely or in designated parking zones.
Before you jump on your e-scooter or any similar device, jump on the StreetSmarts website to see the full list of new rules and practical advice on how and where to ride safely.