Australia is the world’s largest island but the smallest continent with 6 states and 2 territories. The 6 states are New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD), Western Australia (WA), and Tasmania (TAS) while the 2 territories are Northern Territory (NT) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Though altogether it is one continent, there is a division in relationship towards everything and anything, including the use of electric scooters.
THE KINDS OF E-SCOOTER RELATIONSHIP
Each state and territory of Australia has a different relationship with electric scooters. The relationships are the following:
- Single – simply means there is no relationship going on, which in this case is unfortunate because electric scooters are a good way to get around.
- It’s complicated – meaning that it’s safe to say that something is going on, but not quite completely. Exactly like a trial. Electric scooters are on a trial because they are still being examined by the government.
- In a relationship – this is the ideal relationship with an electric scooter, somewhat exclusively dating, going steady.
Let’s get into detail with the relationships and be well-educated with the rules and regulations of each state and territory before hopping on a powerful electric scooter.
- Australian states that are in a complicated relationship with e-scooters (NSW, VIC, SA)
- Australian states that are in a relationship with e-scooters (QLD, WA, TAS)
- Australian territories that are in a relationship with e-scooters (NT, ACT)
Single & It’s Complicated! (NSW, VIC, SA)
The Australian States that are single and in a complicated relationship with e-scooters are New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), and South Australia (SA).
- New South Wales (NSW)
|Known as||Oldest state in Australia, Premier State|
|Known for (Top 5)||Sydney City, Sydney Opera House, Byron Bay, The Blue Mountains and Lorde Howe Island|
|Population||8,095,430 estimated as of December 2021|
|E-Scooter Relationship Status|| It’s complicated
NSW has been single for quite a while but recently has decided to go on a trial. A trial to find out if a relationship with an electric scooter is feasible (despite positive facts that it is possible). NSW wants to finally experience a trial relationship before committing.
The on-going trial will last for a year until July 2023, and will be evaluated and monitored by Transport for NSW.
Currently, you can only use shared e-scooters hired through an approved e-scooter provider on NSW roads or related areas.
Private e-scooters are prohibited on NSW roads or related areas including trial areas. NSW is very cautious (not to get its heart broken).
FYI, a license is not required as of the moment
- Victoria (VIC)
|Known as||Cabbage Garden/Patch because of its small size|
|Known for (Top 5)||Melbourne City, The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Yarra Valley, Ballarat|
|Population||6,559,941 estimated as of December 2021|
|E-Scooter Relationship Status|| It’s complicated
Just like NSW, VIC has also been single for quite a while but recently has decided to take the leap of faith and go on a trial. A trial to find out if a relationship with an electric scooter is possible. VIC wants to experience a trial relationship before committing.
The on-going trial is until February 2023 bound by the regulations set out by the Victorian Government which will be enforced by Victoria Police.
The trial complements the National Transport Commission’s review into the safe use of personal mobility devices, including subsequent amendments to the Australian Road Rules.
The trial will allow people to hire e-scooters and ride them on bicycle lanes, shared paths and lower speed roads (up to 50km/h).
Private e-scooters are prohibited on public roads and road related areas.
A license is not required as of the moment, but if available, including a learner’s permit, it can be canceled or suspended if drink or drug driving restrictions are breached and heavy fines can be imposed.
- South Australia (SA)
|Known as||The Festival State and the driest state in one of the driest continent|
|Known for (Top 5)||Festival State, Barossa Valley wineries, the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island and thriving arts scene|
|Population||1,806,599 estimated as of December 2021|
|E-Scooter Relationship Status|| Single
It’s a NO for South Australia, a resounding no is what it seems to be for anything related to personal mobility devices. South Australia looks like it chooses to be single, however slowlier and slowlier, it’s opening its heart to e-scooter trials.
At the moment, personal mobility devices cannot be used on roads or road related areas such as foot paths, bike/pedestrian tracks, or vehicle parking areas regardless of the power output of the motor fitted to the device.
Under South Australian legislation, these devices are considered to be motor vehicles. Operating a motor vehicle requires a driver’s license, registration and compulsory third party insurance.
These devices do not meet the safety standards under the Australian Design Rules and they are not eligible for registration. South Australia is a picky one, more to say.
These devices can only be used on private property. Failure to comply could result in fines for driving unregistered and uninsured and in some instances for not holding the appropriate driver’s license.
But like mentioned, South Australia is opening its heart, very cautiously. Currently four e-scooter trials have been approved in South Australia already but are restricted to specific local city councils. The participating councils will monitor and evaluate the outcomes to assist in the development of a regulatory framework for e-scooters and other personal mobility devices. Yes, South Australia chooses to let its guardian decide matters rather than its heart, if you know what I mean.
Out of the 8 major divisions Australia has, 3 states are currently in an “It’s Complicated” relationship with e-scooters which limits their usage including their registration with the relevant road traffic authority or where they can be legally used. These rules were put in place, in an effort to care for the citizens.
If you are a rider, it is important to check and abide by the local by-law and ride with caution and drive responsibly. Always wear a helmet, and protective gear and ensure the bolts are tight and the battery is charged before riding.
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