Can you use a mobile phone while riding an e-scooter?
While you may need to use your phone to find an e-scooter, your phone must be put away once your journey begins.
Fines of $555 can be issued for those using a mobile device while operating an e-scooter alongside three penalty units.
Do you need a license to ride an e-scooter?
No, the e-scooters as part of the Victorian trial do not require a valid Driver’s License, althought riders must be at least 16 years of age.
However, breaches of road rules while operating an e-scooter can impact your holding of a Learner, Probationary or full Victorian Driver’s License.
Do you need to obey regular road rules on an e-scooter?
When travelling on shared pathways, bike lanes or roads up to and including 60km per hour, regular road rules apply. Fines can be issued for failing to comply.
Do you need to wear a helmet on an e-scooter?
As with any form of motorised transport safety is always the number-one priority. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding an e-scooter, and failing to wear a helmet can result in a $231 fine and 1.25 penalty units.
While helmets cannot guarantee prevention of injury, helmets should be sized, fitted and secured firmly as per manufacturer instructions to best prevent the chances of injury.
How old do you need to be to use an e-scooter?
To ride an e-scooter, all users must be 16 years of age or older.
Can you drink-and-ride on an e-scooter?
All riders must have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) below the legal limit - 0.05 for riders with a full driver license, and 0.00 for riders on Ls, Ps, or underage.
Riders must not be impaired by alcohol or drugs. Heavy fines and penalties will apply to those breaching the rules.
Anyone found to be riding under the influence can lose their driver license, be disqualified from obtaining a new license, and may need to complete a behaviour change program before they are able to reapply.
Fines, court fees, and disqualification periods vary depending on a range of factors, including BAC level and prior infringements. More severe disqualification periods and fines apply for combined offences.