Under the proposed legislation, it would be an offence for e-scooters or bike riders to recklessly ride on footpaths, bike paths, or shared paths. Additionally, they would be required to stay at the accident scene, similar to motorists.
Previously, laws applied to e-scooter riders while on the road, but not while riding on footpaths.
The legislation builds on regulations introduced last year, reducing the maximum speed limit on footpaths to 12 km/h.
“So let’s not underestimate the risk to pedestrians of an e-scooter ridden recklessly.”
According to data collected by Queensland’s transport department, in 2023, only one person died while riding an e-scooter, compared to 246 fatalities among individuals in cars, trucks, or motorcycles.
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