Monday, June 24, 2024

South Australians to have say on future of private e-scooters

South Australians are being given the opportunity to have their say on the use of private e-scooters and other personal mobility devices across the state’s road network. 

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

Privately owned e-scooters, e-skateboards and other personal mobility devices (PMDs) are not currently allowed on South Australian public roads and paths.

As part of the Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25, the State Government has committed to a wide consultation with private e-scooter users and local communities on potentially moving beyond the trial phase to an ongoing model that allows riders to use their personal devices.

A YourSAy survey launched by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport today is seeking feedback on whether PMDs should be allowed, and if allowed:

  • what kinds of devices should be permitted;
  • where should they be used;
  • how big should they be;
  • how fast should they be allowed to travel;
  • what rules should apply to riders; and
  • whether they should be registered and/or insured.

The Department says the results of the consultation will allow the State Government to ensure any future framework for personal mobility devices, including for private purposes and on public roads and paths is safe for all road users.

Community members are invited to provide their feedback on the above options until consultation closes on Sunday, 21 May.

Approved e-scooter trials will continue to operate and be monitored by the Department while consultation and feedback is being considered.

To submit feedback, visit https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/personal-mobility-device-use.

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