Electric scooter law in SA prohibits personal electric scooters from riding in public. According to SA law, electric scooters are considered motorised wheeled recreational devices, which are transportation devices that are propelled using electric motors. Since e-scooters are considered motor vehicles, riders must have a license, registration, and insurance. However, electric scooter regulations do not allow electric scooters to be registered as they don’t meet the safety standards according to the Australian Design Rules. Thus, private electric scooters can’t be ridden in public.
Electric scooters can only be ridden on private property. Riders caught using their personal e-scooters on footpaths, roads, and public spaces will be fined for driving unregistered and uninsured vehicles.
However, SA has allowed e-scooter trials in some parts of the state. Locals and tourists may only ride an electric scooter from an approved operator and within an e-scooter trial area. Road-legal electric scooters may be ridden in Adelaide and North Adelaide, along the Coastal Park Trail, and within the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters.
Riders of shared e-scooters are required to follow electric scooter road rules. These include:
The local council is set to monitor and evaluate the e-scooter trials. For more information on electric scooter laws in SA, please check this full guide on motorised scooters and e-scooter trials in SA.
When riding shared electric scooters in SA, always keep the following tips and mind to keep you and others safe from accidents.
Whether you are riding a private or shared electric scooter, always check the condition of your electric scooter before riding. Make sure to check on the battery level, tyre pressure, tyre condition, brakes, accelerator, and the rest of the components. Knowing that everything is in top shape will ensure a safe ride without any technical or mechanical problems. To help you when inspecting an e-scooter, here’s an electric scooter safety checklist.
As with other states and territories, e-scooter law in SA also requires riders to wear a fitted and approved helmet. However, riders may wear more protection to minimise injuries in case of falling or collisions. Riders may wear gloves, elbow and knee pads, and eye protection. Riders should also wear reflective clothing or install lights on their helmets when riding at night. This will make riders more visible to pedestrians and other vehicles.
It’s easy for the eye to wander around while riding a vehicle. However, try to avoid this and keep your eyes and focus on the road. If riders don’t pay attention to where they are going, they are at risk of running into bumps or obstacles or colliding with pedestrians. It’s also important to follow road rules and be mindful of your surroundings. Slow down on crossroads, corners, and humps, and try not to ride near the speed limit.
The first and last-mile problem refers to the distance between your home and the nearest public transportation. Often, this range is too far to walk and too near to use a private car. However, micro-mobile transportations like e-scooters offer a lightweight, efficient, and eco-friendly solution to this problem.
Shared electric scooters offer almost the same cost as public transportation, but it is sometimes cheaper, depending on your ride. Usually shared e-scooters cost a dollar to unlock the e-scooter and around $0.40 per minute to ride. So, a 10-minute ride only costs $5. You not only save money but also get to your destination faster since you don’t have to sit and wait in traffic.
Electric scooters are light and compact, making them easy to fold and store. Personal electric scooters can be brought inside your home and stored within small spaces. As for shared e-scooters, they can be parked anywhere as long as they don’t obstruct paths. Some operators also offer designated parking stations for more convenient parking. Regardless, you don’t have to worry about parking anymore when riding e-scooters.
Each state and territory in Australia has a different set of rules and regulations pertaining to the usage of e-scooters(including where e-scooters can legally be used and whether these products need to be registered with the relevant road traffic authority). Any user of this product must ensure that that they check and abide by their local by-laws and use responsibly. Ride with caution and always wear a helmet and protective gear when riding your Mearth e-scooter. Click here to learn more about E-scooter regulations in your state.
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