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Are Electric Skateboards Legal in Australia?

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in Australia?

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A straightforward answer to this question is: depends on the location you want to ride it. In Queensland and in the Australian Capital Territory, it’s legal to use an electric skateboard or any other Personal Mobility Device (PMD), including e-scooters, and electric unicycles on roads and paths. In other states and territories, electric skateboards are only allowed on private properties and can't be used on the road or any road-related areas, which includes footpaths, shared paths and public areas.

The inconsistency (and confusion!) on the legislation across the states and territories is because they can adapt the Australian Road Rules (ARR) to their own needs and specificities. The ARR serves only as a guideline for states and territories road rules across Australia. 

However, in the last few years, there is some progress in the discussion about PMD. In 2019, Ministers agreed to recognise Personal Mobility Devices in the Australian Road Rules. More recently, the Electric Riders Australia with Councillor Brendon Zhu from Willoughby City Council started a petition to reinforce the support and need of regulation. The petition's goal is to get more 10k signatures by May 2021, when the legislative amendments will be presented to ministers.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

With the popularisation of electric skateboards and other e-vehicles for leisure and as a solution for the clogged up cities' traffic, policymakers need to keep up with technology and vehicles' progression. "The technology is changing so quickly that law authorities need to create future-proof legislation. You design laws now, and you get it wrong, in five years you're going to have to redo them. The e-mobility is now part of our life, and its regulation needs to be adapted to it", says Jeff Anning, the founder of Evolve Skateboards 

In summary:

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in Australia?

  • Depends, as the legislation varies state to state 👇

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in QLD?

  • Yes, following the conditions below:
    • Must wear approved helmet
    • Giveaway to pedestrians
    • Have lights and reflectors
    • You can't carry passengers
    • You can't use your mobile phone while riding
    • You can't drink and ride

Check other rules here 

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in NSW?

  • No, you can use an electric skateboard only on a private property. Check the regulations here

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in VIC?

  • No, you can’t use it on a road or any road related areas, including footpaths, shared paths and public areas. Check the regulations here 

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in SA?

  • No, you can’t ride it on roads or road related areas such as foot paths, bike/pedestrian tracks, or vehicle parking areas. Check the regulations here

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in WA?

  • No, it’s illegal to use it on public roads and paths and can only be used on private property. Check the regulations here 

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in NT?

  • No, you can’t ride an electric skateboard on public roads or places open to the public. Check the regulations here

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in the ACT?

  • Yes, following the conditions below:
    • Max 15km per hour on a footpath
    • Max 25 km per hour on a shared or bicycle path
    • Don't go on the road unless you have to
    • Must wear approved helmet and a warning device (like a bell, for example)
    • You can't use your mobile phone while riding
    • Have lights and reflectors
    • You can't carry passengers
    • Giveaway to pedestrians
    • You can't drink and ride

Check out all the rules here

 

Check out the eSkate Chat about e-mobility👇

 

*This article is not to be construed as legal advice. Use common sense, and always check your local laws and ordinances to ensure you are in compliance.

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