Where recreation devices (like scooters) can legally be used

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Are the Christmas wish lists already happening in your household? At the top of many children’s list are skateboards, scooters and even hoverboards. In deciding what to buy, knowing where various recreation devices can legally be used is a great first step.

Where can we use recreation devices?

Many of the newer motorised devices such as electric skateboards and hoverboards are only allowed to be used on private property. They are illegal to use on footpaths, bike paths, roads and in skate parks and playgrounds.

Infographic about using hoverboards and electric skateboards

The rules about where you can use an electric scooter depend on the size of the motor and how fast the scooter can travel. Only if the motor is under 200 watts and the rider is travelling under 10km/hr, can you use the electric scooter on footpaths, bike paths and parks.

All scooter riders (both electric scooters and non-electric) must wear an approved helmet. The scooter also needs to have a brake and bell. Most scooters are not fitted with a bell and many people are unaware it is illegal to ride anywhere but on private property without one! Also if you are using a scooter at night, it must be fitted with lights and a red reflector.

Infographic about using electric scooters

Safety Santa Says

Think safety this Christmas. Before purchasing a recreation device keep these tips in mind:

Buy safety equipment such as an approved helmet, knee and elbow pads at the same time you purchase the device. Make them part of the gift.
Store the safety equipment with the device to make it easy to remember to use it every time.

The research

We have recently looked in more detail regarding the new recreation devices. Research found that a fall or impact with a car from a recreational device can be as serious as one from a bicycle.

RACV is also calling on government to remove inconsistencies from the laws and to develop appropriate laws for the safe use of these devices.

You can read the full report here.

Written by Rebekah Smith, Education Program Coordinator
November 09, 2016