With the Electric-Scooter revolution slowly making its way into legislation another state has taken to leap to legalize the use of privately owned e-scooters to be ridden on footpaths.
As of Friday the 20th of December 2019, e-scooters will become legal in Canberra as part of a slight overhaul of the public transport and e-mobility legislation in Canberra. ACT road safety minister Shane Rattenbury announced the changes on the 17th of December. “E-mobility provides new and convenient options for travel. They let people leave the car at home, and are easily combined with public transport”
These key changes also include:
- Electric scooters and skateboards will be legal to use on shared paths and footpaths.
- They will NOT be permitted on-road or on-road bicycle lands (except on residential streets where there is no footpath)
- E-scooters will be subject to a maximum speed of 15km/h on footpaths and up to 25km/h(Australian law) in all other permitted locations
- Users must give way to pedestrians and keep to the left
Much like existing rules, riders will be required to wear an approved bike helmet, have a warning device such as a bell/horn, have lights and reflectors. Like our car laws, riders must not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or using their mobile phones whilst operating the e-scooter
The ACT follows Queensland which is the only other state (for now) that allows full legality of E-Scooters to be ridden on footpaths and bike lanes at speeds greater than 10km/h.
With the wave of changes accommodating e-scooters NSW is expected to follow shortly, which will be a much-welcomed change.
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