Victorians who love to feel the wind in their hair can now legally ride their private e-scooter if they:
- ride on shared-use paths and roads up to and including 60km/h
- are 16 years or over
- wear a helmet
- do not ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- ride up to a maximum speed to 20km/h
- do not use their mobile phone or carrying a passenger (dinking).
- it’s not a high-speed e-scooter – capable of more than 25km/h (this is considered an unregistered vehicle and penalties apply)
- and never on footpaths.
To keep everyone safe, e-scooter riders must:
- not carry passengers or animals
- have proper control at all times and ride responsibly
- use a warning (e.g., bell, horn or verbal) to avert danger
- not ride two abreast
- give way to pedestrians where appropriate
- not lead an animal, including by tethering the animal to the e-scooter.
To operate within a council's area, commercial e-scooter rental companies will be required to establish an agreement with the local council.
In Victoria, there are about 100,000 e-scooters that are privately owned.
Over the next six months, VicRoads will monitor how hire and private e-scooters are being used to make sure that the rules and regulations that are in place are fit-for-purpose and can effectively handle any safety concerns that may arise.
Victoria's e-scooter shared-scheme trial found that e-scooters are a popular way to get around and there is a high demand from Victorians to be able to use them. Although the trial collected a significant amount of information, VicRoads want to ensure that e-scooters can be safely incorporated into the transport network on a long-term basis. Extending the trial will provide additional data to evaluate and inform future regulations. The number one priority is the safety of everyone who uses roads in Victoria. From .
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There are many types of e-scooters available. However there are strict guidelines that cover what is considered a legal e-scooter. So make sure you read this if you are contemplating a e-scooter on the .
And e-scooter safely!
Reviewed 30 May 2023