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Electric powered scooters (e-scooters)

The difference between privately owned e-scooters and commercial e-scooters, and where you can ride them.

You cannot ride private electric or motorised scooters (e-scooters) on public roads and footpaths.

However, you can ride commercial e-scooters in certain areas.

Privately owned e-scooters

Privately owned e-scooters can only legally be ridden on private property.

A privately owned e-scooter does not meet the standards of registration if it:

  • has an electric motor with a power output of greater than 200 watts, or
  • has a speed capability of greater than 10 km/h.

It therefore cannot be used on Victorian:

  • public roads
  • footpaths
  • shared or cycle paths
  • public parks
  • any public areas.

Offences while using a privately owned e-scooter

Offending whilst riding a privately owned e-scooter may result in loss of any driver licence or permit held.

Victoria Police may enforce laws including:

  • unlicensed riding
  • unregistered motor vehicle
  • failing to wear a motorcycle helmet
  • riding on a footpath
  • careless riding
  • riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs – riders must be below 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and have zero presence of prescribed drugs
  • using a mobile phone while riding.

Victoria Police can:

  • stop riders and require them to state their name and address
  • require the driver to undergo alcohol and drug testing
  • impound privately owned e-scooters if relevant offending is identified
  • impose on the spot fines if offending is identified
  • issue charges to appear before a court if offending is identified
  • issue an immediate licence ban.

For information on privately owned e-scooters and further rules refer to the VicRoads websiteExternal Link .

Commercial hire e-scooters

Approved commercial hire e-scooters provide sustainable, short journey transport options for Victorians. Users can only ride in participating council areas and are automatically speed limited to 20km/h.

When using commercial hire e-scooters you must:

  • not ride on footpaths
  • wear a bicycle helmet
  • only ride on bicycle lanes, bicycle paths, shared paths, and roads with a speed limit less than 50km/h
  • be at least 18 years of age to ride and not carry passengers
  • not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs – riders must be below 0.05 BAC and have zero presence of prescribed drugs
  • not use a mobile phone while riding.

Offences while using a commercial hire e-scooter

Offending whilst riding a commercial hire e-scooter may result in loss of any driver licence or permit held.

Victoria Police can:

  • stop riders and if offending require them to state their name and address
  • require the driver to undergo alcohol and drug testing
  • impose on the spot fines if offending is identified
  • issue charges to appear before a court if offending is identified

For information on commercial hire e-scooters and further rules refer to the VicRoads websiteExternal Link .

Reviewed 19 September 2022

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