RACV is calling for the implementation of a national framework for personal mobility devices that would allow e-scooters to travel at 25km/h on most roads and shared paths and 10km/h on footpaths in every state and territory across Australia.
As part of a submission to be sent to the National Transport Commission (NTC), RACV claims current regulation is failing to reflect Australia’s transport needs and hasn’t kept pace with innovation in the mobility sector.
It follows a recent RACV survey which revealed almost 80 per cent of Victorians would consider using an e-scooter and almost 60 per cent would use one instead of a car.
RACV’s Senior Manager Transport Peter Kartsidimas said mobility devices like e-scooters have the potential to ease congestion and provide a more sustainable transport option.
“At RACV, we believe that devices like e-scooters have the opportunity to influence the Australian transport landscape for the better. It is imperative we update the Australian road rules to include personal mobility devices as soon as possible,” Mr Kartsidimas said.
“There is no denying the demand for personal mobility devices is strong – our research supports that. Victorians have told us they are interested in how e-scooters might provide them with a cheaper, sustainable and more reliable form of transport. Even better, e-scooters don’t take up as much space as a car which is perfect in large, congested cities like Melbourne.”
RACV is also encouraging the NTC to set a consistent standard for share schemes to operate across the country, like Lime, Ride and Jump.
“Internationally we are seeing e-bike and e-scooter share schemes growing in popularity and we can expect the same here. To operate successfully, Australia requires a clear, consistent policy,” Mr Kartsidimas said.
To ensure the success of the recommended speed limit of 25km/h on local roads and shared bicycle paths, RACV is encouraging governments to invest in safe, separated bicycle infrastructure.
“Safe, separated bicycle infrastructure is an essential aspect for all micro-mobility options, including bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters. A safe cycling network is still needed for Melbourne and we are urging the local and state governments to fund this necessary infrastructure,” Mr Kartsidimas said.