Queensland police to crack down on e-scooter riders ahead of new safety measures

Police will be cracking down on e-scooter riders ahead of the introduction of a suite of safety measures later in the year, the Queensland government has said.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey announced the changes to e-scooter rules, flagged in February, would take effect from November 1.

The changes will see speed limits for riders on most footpaths slashed from 25 kilometres per hour down to 12kph.

E-scooters will also need to be equipped with a bell – or similar warning device – and penalties for those caught misbehaving will also increase.

The penalties, yet to be detailed, are for high-risk offences, like speeding, using a mobile phone while riding, and riding on prohibited roads.

Mr Bailey said police would ramp up statewide efforts to enforce e-scooter offences in coming weeks, in anticipation of the changes.

“What we do see is while most of these scooter riders are doing the right thing in terms of speed, we still see some private scooter riders out there doing well over 25 kilometres an hour,” he said.

“I’ve seen it myself, they might be doing 45, 50 even – that’s the equivalent of someone driving a car at 150 because it’s not what is safe for other road users.

“If you’re one of these people doing those sorts of things, and thinking you’re going below the radar, well, it’s just a matter of time before you get caught – and if your device is non-compliant, we’re looking at provisions there as well,” Mr Bailey said.

Purple e-scooters with helmets stand in a row at South Bank in Brisbane
There were 1,824 fines handed to personal mobility device riders who were not wearing a helmet in 12 months.(ABC Radio Brisbane: Lucy Stone)

Acting Sergeant Duncan Hill from Brisbane City Road Policing said a targeted operation to catch e-scooter offenders coming to and from work in Brisbane’s CBD would begin from June 20.

“At peak hour, we’re finding that’s becoming a time of confluence and issues between riders of PNDs and with pedestrians,” he said.

“We’ll be then moving into our Safe Night Precincts, targeting users in those areas, especially intoxication and speed.

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