RAA welcomes green light for e-scooters

19 June, 2024

RAA has welcomed the State Government’s move to permit the use of e-scooters on public roads and paths.

The State Government has announced it will introduce the Statutes Amendment (Personal Mobility Devices) Bill 2024 to allow privately-owned and other personal mobility devices to be ridden on roads and in other public areas.

While the government has flagged community consultation will occur on the regulations, it has announced the new laws will:

  • Permit privately owned e-scooters on public footpaths and pedestrian infrastructure, with a speed limit of 15km/h,
  • Permit privately owned e-scooters on public roads when there is a default speed limit for vehicles of 50km/h on that road – with e-scooters permitted to travel at 25km/h,
  • A helmet must be worn at all times,
  • Privately owned e-scooters cannot be used under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
  • Riders of an e-scooter must be aged 16 and older.

RAA Future Mobility Expert Mark Borlace said the intention to legalise the use of privately-owned e-scooters was welcome news.

“E-scooters are a fantastic first and last mile active transport solution,” Mr Borlace said.

‘Whether you’re traveling to and from public transport, around the city or in your local area – e-scooters can be a great alternative to taking a car or having to walk if distance is an issue.

“We know there is strong support for e-scooters in the community, and amongst RAA members as well.

“Like everything, we’ll need the right legislative framework in place to ensure they are used safely in the community, and we look forward to working with the government as they seek to develop the regulations.”

Mr Borlace said insurance had been an issue in every other state which has legalised e-scooters.  

“If someone hits a person or object while riding an e-scooter, there’s a public liability issue that will need to be addressed.

“Through the consultation period, we look forward to better understanding how the proposed legislation and regulations will address that important issue.”

Currently e-scooters are only permitted for use under trial conditions, with trials operating within Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide, the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters, and along the coastal park path in the City of Charles Sturt in partnerships between local councils and commercial e-scooter fleet operators.