E-scooters on the Fraser Coast and the all-important rules and regulations

WHETHER you like them or not, e-scooters are growing in popularity as a means of quick, personal transport around town.

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Private e-scooters and commercial e-scooter businesses are now a reality on the Fraser Coast.

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The introduction of a commercial trial in Hervey Bay has seen many questions asked, comments made and opinions voiced in recent months.

With that in mind, Wide Bay Police are reiterating the rules and regulations around e-scooters on our roads.

  • E-scooter riders must wear an approved bicycle helmet at all times – hire scooter or not.
  • E-scooter riders are prohibited from riding on any road with a speed limit more than 50kmph, or any road (including 50kmph zones) with a centre dividing line. Eg. The Esplanade, Taylor Street, Tavistock Street.
  • E-scooters are only to be used on local roads or shared pathways and footpaths.
  • Only one person is allowed on an e-scooter at any time.
  • Unaccompanied riders must be at least 16-years-old.
  • Riders from 12-16 years-old must be supervised by an adult.

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Failing to adhere to any of the above ruled could result in a $137 traffic infringement notice.

Police are urging locals to research the rules and regulations before buy an e-scooter for children this Christmas.

For more information on e-scooters, click through the Department Transport and Main Roads website.

** Please also remember to check the terms and conditions relating to the use of commercial e-scooters.

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2 thoughts

  1. People are not waring helmets full stop. Even the ones who own their own scooters are not waring helmets. People are breaking speed limits, not slowing down for pedestrians, leaving scooters in the middle of the footpath, riding on lined roads, doubling and in general just fobbing their noses at the rules. The policing is just not happening. I was one of the first people in Hervey Bay to ride a scooter with $3200. I carried the rules around with ensuring I followed them all. Given the blatant disrespect and lack of policing I sold my scooter as felt I was out of place obeying the rules and have since gone back to cycling where most people at least ware helmets. SADLY walking on footpaths in Hervey Bay is not plagued with zero policing on electric scooters. It’s simply too much anxiety going out for a quiet walk … Wooosh!!!!!

    1. Hi David. Thank you so much for the comment. There is definitely a need for greater policing of the rules when it comes to e-scooters. I believe e-scooters as a mode of transport are a really good option for people, but like you say, there needs to be better control and enforcement. Have you raised your concerns with police or perhaps your local councillor? I wonder if a e-scooter forum needs to be set-up, with representatives from council police, retailers, hire companies and residents. Would love to hear your thoughts

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