Electric scooter riders in Queensland face $2600 fines

Queensland’s minister for transport has proposed electric scooter (or e-scooter) users should face similar fines to other motorists if caught riding dangerously or leaving the scene of a crash.

The Queensland Government has proposed legislation which could result in electric scooter riders being fined almost $2600 – and face time in court – if they are deemed to be riding dangerously.

Queensland’s Transport and Roads Minister – Mark Bailey – put forward the legislation to state parliament earlier this week, amid an increase in electric scooter (or e-scooter) usage locally.

As reported by The Guardian, Queensland’s Transport and Roads Minister – Mark Bailey – said electric scooter riders who are found to have ridden dangerously on footpaths could be fined up to $6192 under the proposed laws.

However, as the laws have not yet been enacted, there is for now no mention of this penalty on the state’s personal mobility device riding rules and fines website.

Additionally, the proposal has called for electric scooter riders to be upheld to the same post-crash responsibilities as motorists and cyclists – which includes an obligation to stop and remain at the scene, as well as render medical assistance and exchange relevant information, if necessary.

Queensland was one of the early adopters of electric scooters – rolling out a trial of rental e-scooters in 2018 – and allows the devices to be ridden on footpaths and shared paths at up to 12km/h.

On bike paths and roads with a sign-posted speed limit of 50km/h or less, the electric scooter speed limit increases to 25km/h.

The state’s approach to electric scooters contrasts that of New South Wales and South Australia, which explicitly prohibit electric scooters roads, footpaths and bicycle lanes – limiting their use to private property only.

In both states, riding an electric scooter outside of a private property – and not as a part of a trial program – can incur fines in line with those for driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle while unlicensed.

For New South Wales residents, this carries a $4828 fine and four demerit points for first-time offences, while those caught doing so in South Australia can be fined $2500. 

Victoria does not allow electric scooters to be used on footpaths, shared paths or public areas, while also limiting their top speed to 10km/h on level ground with a capped power output of 200W.

Tasmania and Western Australia also impose a 25km/h speed limit to electric scooters, as weight limit of 45kg and 25kg, respectively.

In the Australian Capital Territory, electric scooters are limited to 25km/h on shared footpaths and cycle paths, 15km/h on regular footpaths and 10km/h at crossings – though right-of-way is provided to pedestrians in all environments.

While the Northern Territory allows electric scooters to be used on the footpaths or on roads with posted speed limits of less than 50km/h, there is no specific limit to their top speed.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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