Rules surrounding e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorbikes

Sunshine Coast Police have identified an increased prevalence of e-bikes, e-scooters and e-motorbikes being ridden on footpaths, bike lanes and roadways in contravention of Queensland road rules.

These contraventions often compromise public safety and put the riders and members of the public at risk.

Coming into the school holidays, Sunshine Coast Police are reminding the community of the rules surrounding these vehicles.

E-scooter and electric skateboard rules

  • Electric scooters and electric skateboards are classed as personal mobility devices (PMDs).
  • Age limits apply to these devices.
  • A rider MUST be 16+ to operate, or 12-15 years old with adult supervision.
  • The maximum speed is 12km/hr on footpaths OR 25km/hr elsewhere.
  • No doubling is allowed.
  • Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet, or an approved motorbike helmet is required to ride.

Where to ride your e-scooter and electric skateboard:

  • Paths – footpaths, shared paths, separated paths and bike paths.
  • Local streets (speed limit of 50km/h or less, no dividing centre line).
  • On-road bike lanes (where the road speed limit is 50km/h or less, or where the lane is physically separated from the road).

Electric bicycles (e-bikes)

  • An electric bike has a small electric motor designed to assist a rider (up to 200W motor).
  • The primary propulsion remains the rider pedalling with the assistance of a motor.
  • An electric bike can propel you up to 6km/hr without the need to pedal.
  • Between 6km/h and 25km/hr, the motor assists you with the power output decreasing as the speed increases.
  • At 25km/h, the electric motor must stop operating (cut out) and you need to pedal to stay above this speed.

An e-bike that doesn’t comply with this list can only be ridden on private property (i.e: petrol powered bikes, capable of generating over 200w, and an electric bike where the electric motor is the primary source of power).

Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet, or an approved motorbike helmet is required.

Fines apply to riders of e-scooters, e-skateboards and e-bikes who break the road rules.

Electric Dirt Bikes (Sur-Ron, RFN style and similar)

  • These electric dirt bikes are motorbikes and are dealt with in the same manner as a normal petrol-powered dirt bike as per the TORUM definition – two wheeled motor vehicle.
  • To be ridden on the road, the rider MUST have a licence (RE or R licence – C class if maximum speed 50km/hr or less).
  • They also MUST be registered.
  • Some electric dirt bikes have a road legal version so can be ridden on a road if it is registered/insured and operated by a licenced rider.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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