THE Fraser Coast Regional Council will ask residents for their views on proposal to change laws governing the use of mobility devices – including E-scooters – on local footpaths.
Changes will help cater for the implementation of E-scooter hire businesses as well as growing use of personal devices by residents.
Division 4 Councillor Daniel Sanderson said local laws did not cater for E-scooters when being implemented.
“It became evident during the E-scooter trial that the local laws had to change to keep pace with modern trends and the increasing use of personal mobility devices,” Cr Sanderson said.
“A part of the process to change the local law is a call for public feedback. The feedback will help us ensure that personal mobility devices are used safely on Council footpaths.
“The recent changes to E-scooter regulations by the Queensland Government will also help ensure people are safe.”
The call for feedback on the proposal will be held later this year and facilitated through Council’s Engagement Hub website.
“I urge residents to log on and register on the Engagement Hub so they receive alerts when Council is calling for feedback,” Cr Sanderson said.
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Interim local laws have enabled the recent use of E-scooters on footpaths as part of the E-scooter trial, however, the current interim local law will expire on 19 February 2023.
“We look forward to receiving the feedback,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It’s important to note that many of the concerns raised by residents during the E-scooter trial have been addressed by the introduction of new State Government regulations, especially those governing speed restrictions.”
The new Queensland Government laws taking effect on 1 November lower speeds on footpaths to 12 km/h, increase fines to up to $1,078 for dangerous offences, and mandate bells in addition to helmets and lights.
More details are available, here.
We’d love to hear from you on this topic. Are law changes needed to better govern the use of E-scooters on the Fraser Coast. If you had to implement a single rule regarding the use of E-scooters on the Fraser Coast, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below.
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