If you were lucky enough to receive a Personal Mobility Device for Christmas, like an electric scooter, then it is important to note there are a number of road rules that relate to their use.
This is particularly important to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with walkers and cyclists.
Criteria for a rideable or PMD
- It must be within the dimensions of 1250mm in length by 700mm in width by 1350mm or 700mm in length by 1250mm in width by 1350mm in height.
- It must have a maximum speed of 25km/hr.
- It must weigh no more than 60kg (without a rider).
- It must be powered by a motor.
- It must have one or more wheels.
- It must have a braking system.
- It must have no sharp protrusions.
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Rules when using ride-ables
- The rider must be at least 16 years of age, or 12 with adult supervision.
- The rider must wear an approved bicycle helmet that is securely fitted at all times.
- The rider must not carry passengers.
- The rider must not use a mobile device.
- The rider must not drink and ride.
- The rider must have a working flashing or steady white light on the front, and a red light and reflector at the rear when travelling at night or in hazardous conditions.
- The rider must keep left and give way to pedestrians.
- The rider must travel at a speed that allows him/her to stop safely to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.
- The rider must travel at a safe distance from a pedestrian so you can avoid a collision.
- The rider must keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices.
- The rider must only use the bicycle side of a shared path.
For everyone’s safety, ride in a safe and respectful manner, especially around pedestrians.
This column is compiled by the Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Unit.