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Electric Scooters Laws in QLD (2024)

Australia has a patchwork of e-scooter rules, with some areas outright prohibiting them on public roadways. However, there are restrictions on riding e-scooters in Queensland. These regulations exist to protect you from harm, spare you from penalties, and even stop you from accidentally purchasing a scooter that isn't allowed on public roads.

Age Limit, Competency, and Supervision

  1. 12 and Up: In Queensland, the minimum age to ride an e-scooter is now 12 as per the new laws.
  2. No Scooting for Youngsters: Children under the age of twelve are not permitted to use electric scooters due to safety concerns.
  3. Solo Rides Only: As e-scooters are one-person vehicles, it is illegal and risky to drive with a passenger; you could get into an accident and sustain damage to both of you.

Speed Limits and Road Usage

  1. Where to Ride: You can speed along local roadways with a speed limit of no more than 50 km/h as well as on dedicated bike lanes and shared paths.
  2. Speed Limits: The speed limit is 12 km/h on sidewalks and footpaths. On bike lanes and slower roads, you can go up to 25 km/h. Always keep your distance from children and the elderly, and ride at the speed of pedestrian traffic.
  3. Bike Lanes: E-scooters are now permitted on roads with a 50 km/h speed restriction and in designated bike lanes.
  4. Parking: Park your e-scooter while keeping pathways, driveways, and handicapped spaces free. Always keep an eye out for areas specifically allocated for parking e-scooters.
  5. Road Rules Apply: E-scooter users must abide by all traffic laws, just like cyclists do. Keep in mind that you now have to share the road with cars, so abide by standard traffic laws, stop at stop signs, and accommodate approaching traffic when necessary.
  6. No Motorways: It is completely forbidden to use e-scooters on highways and roads where the posted speed limit is higher than 50 km/h. Put safety first and stay in the assigned locations.

Safety Gear and Accessories

  1. Bell: As of 2024, if your scooter has handlebars, it must have a working bell to alert pedestrians and other riders.
  2. Helmet: You must wear a helmet.
  3. Brakes: Two functional brakes (one on each wheel) are legally required for safe stopping. 
  4. Lights: Improved visibility is also essential. It is an excellent idea to have both front and rear lights for added safety in low visibility. Search for a red rear reflector, a white front light, and a red rear light.

Prohibited Activities and Penalties

  • Don't drink and ride: Alcohol and narcotics are strictly prohibited while riding e-scooters, just like when driving. Stay sober when riding a scooter to avoid the hassle of fines and court appearances.
  • No phone: It is forbidden and risky to text, browse, or even hold your phone while riding. Pay attention to the road to prevent collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. There are now higher penalties for these reckless actions.
  • Ride safe, not reckless: Avoid careless stunts or drifting in and out of traffic. Maintain consistency and take responsibility for your own and others' safety.
  • Fines. Riding recklessly or breaking traffic laws can result in a large on-the-spot fine starting from $100 to more than $1000. Legally speaking, riders of e-scooters who violate the law face the same sanctions as drivers.

Bonus Points to Remember

  • Personal liability insurance is not necessary, but it is something you should consider having to protect you in the event of an accident.
  • Make sure your scooter's brakes, lights, and tyres are in good shape before every ride. A quick check can prevent breakdowns and delays.
  • Know whether there are any specific regulations in the area where you are riding e-scooters. There may be specified zones or temporary restrictions.
  • On days with terrible weather, avoid the rides. Even for experienced riders, rain and strong gusts can cause the roads to become slick and dangerous. When you travel, check the weather.
  • If you must carry anything, fasten it firmly to your scooter to prevent it from falling off and affecting your balance.
  • Put on bright clothing to increase visibility, stay on the left side of the road, and give others a signal when you need to make a turn.
  • Enjoy the ride on the calmer streets; stay out of the way of busy areas to keep yourself safe and out of legal trouble.

Is it necessary to register an e-scooter in Queensland? 

In Queensland, electric scooters must follow certain regulations. If you live there and wish to ride your scooter on the roads or sidewalks, it does not need to be registered. This includes all vehicles, not just electric scooters. New residents who are relocating from another state or territory have two weeks to register. Visitors who want to stay for less than three months don't need to worry about registering. In conclusion, read the rules carefully before you scoot.

Does one need a licence to ride an e-scooter?

A licence is not required to ride an e-scooter. However, keep in mind that you must still follow driving laws to keep yourself and others safe. You may enjoy the ride while staying out of trouble by following conventional traffic laws and e-scooter restrictions.

Keep yourself safe while having fun

Rules and regulations exist to keep you and everyone else on the road happy and accident-free. Follow the rules and become a responsible rider. Even attentive bikers might run into automobiles or pedestrians. So, be aware and take precautions to avoid fines and have a comfortable ride. Take note that sharing space means remaining considerate and safe. So, explore Queensland on your e-scooter, but do so safely.

Traffic laws can change. Keep updated on Queensland e-scooter legislation to ensure safe and legal scooting travel. The most recent information can be found by visiting the StreetSmarts Queensland or Queensland Government websites.



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