There are a variety of laws impacting the use of electric scooters around the country. The rules can be extremely confusing. So let’s break down the laws state by state so that you know exactly where you stand.
New South Wales
Currently, it’s illegal to ride an electric scooter in NSW unless you’re driving on private land. However, the laws may soon be changing as an e-scooter trial is soon to take place in several council areas.
Electric scooters are legal as long as they don’t go faster than 10km/h. They also must not have a motor that exceeds a 200-watt power output. The fine for riding an illegal device is $826.
Queensland has the most flexible rules in the nation. Rideables with a maximum speed of 25km/h can be used when conforming to specific road rules you can find on the government’s information page for personal mobility devices. And devices with a max speed of 10km/h and max power of 200 watts are subject to the same rules as regular scooters and skateboards.
Australian Capital Territory
Electric scooters and skateboards are legal on shared paths and footpaths. They are not allowed on roads or on-road bicycle lanes except for residential streets. There is a maximum speed of 15km/h on footpaths and 25km/h in other locations.
It’s currently illegal to ride an electric scooter unless on private property. However, there is a trial underway that will hopefully change the laws soon.
Low powered scooters of less than 200 watts and less than 10km/h can legally be ridden on roads and paths.
E-scooters less than 200 watts and 10km/h are permitted on public roads and footpaths. More powerful scooters require registration.
E-scooter use is currently legal in Tasmania under 10km/h and with a motor of 200 watts or less.
Note: This is not legal advice. You should always check with your local road authority to verify the current legal status of e-scooters.