Electric powered scooters (e-scooters)

How to safely and legally ride e-scooters in Victoria, and related laws and offences.

Victoria’s e-scooter shared-scheme (hire) trial has been extended to 6 October, 2024.

You can continue to use some privately owned and shared e-scooters as transport across Victoria.

You can legally ride an e-scooter in Victoria if you:

  • ride on:
    • shared-use paths (not on footpaths), or
    • roads that have a speed limit up to 60km/h
  • are at least 16 years old
  • wear a helmet
  • do not travel more than 20km/h
  • do not use your mobile phone
  • do not carry a passenger (dinking).

A legal e-scooter is defined as a vehicle designed for use by one person and:

  • has a maximum speed capability of 25 kilometres per hour when ridden on level ground
  • transports a person while the person is standing
  • has 2 wheels (one in front of the other)
  • has a footboard between the front and rear wheels
  • is steered by means of a handlebar
  • can be propelled by one or both of the following
    • one or more electric motors
    • person pushing one foot against the ground.

An e-scooter that falls outside the scope of this definition is considered an unregistered motor vehicle, and is liable to penalties.

Shared scheme e-scooters

Shared scheme e-scooters, such as those around the City of Melbourne, are available in certain cities across Victoria. These scooters are deemed a legal e-scooter.

Offences while using an e-scooter

Offending whilst riding an e-scooter may result in the loss of any driver licence or permit held.

Victoria Police may enforce laws including:

  • unlicensed riding
  • unregistered motor vehicle
  • failing to wear a helmet
  • riding on a footpath
  • careless riding
  • using a mobile phone while riding
  • riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs (see Alcohol and drug testing table).

To enforce these laws, Victoria Police can:

  • stop riders and require them to state their name and address
  • require the rider 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 driver licence ban if offending is identified.

Alcohol and drug testing

Legal e-scooter

0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Regardless of the status or conditions of any motor vehicle licence held and irrespective of the age of the rider.

Non-Compliant e-scooter

0.00 blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Unless a full and current motorcycle licence is held by the rider, these licence conditions will then apply.

DrugsRiders can be required to undergo roadside drug testing, drug impairment assessments and in some circumstances provide blood samples.

For further information and rules regarding e-scooters in Victoria, refer to the VicRoads website.