Scooters, skateboards and rollerblades

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The road rules for using scooters, skateboards, rollerblades and other wheeled recreational devices are important to know whether you're an adult or a child. This page addresses the legality and safety of wheeled recreational devices including scooters, e-scooters, skateboards and rollerblades. For information on a specific topic, you can use the following shortcuts:

Is my device or toy legally a wheeled recreational device?

Wheeled recreational devices and toys include:

  • Rollerblades or roller skates,
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters including motorised scooters (e-scooters) if the motor is under 200 watts and is not able to travel faster than 10km/h on level ground,
  • Child’s pedal cars, non-motorised scooters, tricycles or similar when it is being used by a child less than 12 years old

 

Wheeled recreational devices do not include bicycles, golf buggies, prams, strollers, electric personal transporters such as Segways, wheelchairs, electric skateboards / hoverboards, or motorised scooters with a power output of 200 watts or more. 

With users of scooters, skateboards and rollerblades being a type of ‘pedestrian’, bicycle riders must give way to them when riding on a footpath or shared path.

Electric skateboards, hoverboards and scooters that don’t meet the above criteria are covered in the section motorised recreational transport devices. They are not ‘wheeled recreational devices’.

For more information, see road rules 240 to 244B.

Where can I use a wheeled recreational device?

 

Users of scooters, e-scooters, skateboards and rollerblades/rollerskates that are wheeled recreational devices are considered to be pedestrians and can use footpaths, but they must keep left and give way to actual pedestrians such as people walking or using a wheelchair on the footpath or shared path.

In limited circumstances, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades can be used on roads. They cannot be used on a road with a speed limit greater than 50km/h, on a road with a dividing line or median, or a one way road with two or more lanes, or in bicycle lanes on roads.

They can only be used at night on a road if crossing the road at an intersection. An exception is that scooters can be used at night or in low visibility if the scooter, or its rider, meet the equipment requirements detailed below.

Scooters, e-scooters, skateboards and rollerblades must not be used where there is a ‘no wheeled recreational devices’ sign. They must not be towed or slipstream by riding within two metres of the rear of a moving motor vehicles for more than 200 metres.

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Using skatebaords and roller skates
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Equipment and safety

Scooter and e-scooter riders are required to wear an approved bicycle helmet unless they have a medical or religious exemption.  Watch our video which explains the important things to consider when purchasing a bicycle helmet.

A scooter must have at least one effective brake and a bell, horn or similar warning device, in working order.

A scooter or e-scooter can be used at night or in weather causing reduced visibility if it (or the person riding it) displays a flashing or steady white light at the front and a flashing or steady red light at the rear. Each light must be visible for 200 metres.  The scooter or rider must also have a red reflector visible for 50 metres from the rear.

Motorised Recreational Transport Devices

The rules for motorised recreational devices are not always clear. We have clarified the rules and minimum safety requirements for many types of motorised recreational devices below. Even though not always required, RACV recommends the use of additional safety equipment including helmets, knee pads and elbow pads whenever riding.

Motorised personal mobility device

Motorised personal mobility devices include hover boards, motorised skateboards/roller skates, and motorised unicycles. These devices can only be used on private property with property owner's approval. Use on public roads, footpaths or nature strips is illegal and rider may be penalised for operating an unregistered vehicle and driving without a licence. 

For more information visit VicRoads website.

Electric personal transporter (for example Segways)

Electric personal transporters, such as Segways, are a type of motorised personal mobility device. Generally they can only be used on private property with property owner's approval. 

However, they can be used on footpaths or predetermined routes specified by tour companies with a commercial tour operator's licence as part of a Segway tourism trial. The safety equipment requirements depend on requirements set by individual tour operators.

Golf buggy / cart

In Victoria, golf carts are not considered motor vehicles and do not need to be registered.

They can be used on public roads or road-related areas for no more than two kilometres at a time in one direction and only for the purpose for which they were built (i.e. travelling to or from a golf course to play golf). No driver’s licence is required provided the vehicle is being used as above.

If a golf cart is used other than as intended by the manufacturer, or outside the above conditions, they are subject to the same laws as any other motor vehicle. 

At our request, VicRoads now provides clear advice on their website about using golf carts.

In other states, different rules apply and golf carts may need to be registered. Check with the local road authority if using a cart interstate.

The buggy/cart must be fitted with brakes, a warning bell or horn and lighting.

Motorised / electric scooter

Where a motorised / electric scooter has a motor under 200 watts and can travel at 10km/h or less on level ground, it is considered a pedestrian. The section above summarises the rules for these devices.

When using an electric device that is more than 200 watts or can travel at more than 10km/h on level ground, it’s considered to be a motor vehicle and would need to follow vehicle rules, including being registered.  The rider would need a motorcycle license or learner permit. They can be used on private property.

Related information

To help keep you safe on the road, RACV has summarised many of the Victorian Road Rules. Refresh your knowledge or take our quiz and stay safe, no matter what your mode of travel.