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Traffic Law update- E-scooters in Adelaide

Have you seen people scooting around on these Lime Scooters? Looks like a whole lot of fun.  We have loved the e-scooters here in Adelaide with apparently 50,000 trips taken by more than 18,000 riders. The trial for them is due to expire on 14 April.  The Adelaide City Council has just approved a new six month scooter trial involving Singaporean company Beam and Australian start-up firm RIDE.  So, they may be sticking around for longer. If you haven’t already been on one it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the traffic law and rules for using them. Police have issued hundreds of cautions to people who have been using Lime scooters. At least five people have been charged with “drink riding” while on an e-scooter.

If you are over 18 years old you can create an account with Lime and unlock the e-scooter using a smartphone app. The Lime e-scooters are only permitted to be ridden in the Adelaide CBD, except for Rundle Mall. The City West Declared Public Precinct between 6pm-6am Fridays and Saturdays is also off limits.  The map of where you are permitted to ride is on the Lime app. At this stage you can only ride branded Lime e-scooters, if you buy your own e-scooter you can ride it on your own private property but not in public places.

The traffic law and rules that apply to riders are as follows:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must wear an approved bike helmet that is securely fitted
  • May ride on footpaths and shared paths unless otherwise prohibited
  • May ride on a road only when crossing or to avoid an obstruction for up to 50m. If road travel is required, riders:
    • Must travel less than 50m along the road to avoid the obstruction;
    • Must keep as far to the left as possible; and
    • Must obey any traffic signals.
  • Must NOT ride on a road:
    • with a dividing line or median strip, or
    • where the speed limit is 50 km/h or more
    • which is one-way with more than 1 marked lane
    • if otherwise prohibited
  • Must not ride in a bike lane or bus lane
  • Must use a warning (e.g. bell, horn or verbal) to avert danger
  • Must have proper control at all times and ride with due care and reasonable consideration for other persons
  • Must use a flashing or steady white light at the front and a flashing red light and reflector at the back of the device when riding at night or in hazardous conditions
  • Must not exceed 15km/h or a lesser speed if required in the circumstances to stop safely to avert danger
  • Must not ride abreast
  • Must not carry passengers
  • Must not have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.05 or more or the presence of THC (Cannabis), Methylamphetamine (Speed) or MDMA (Ecstasy) in their blood or oral saliva
  • Must not use a mobile phone whilst riding
  • Must not carry scooters on public transport.

Should you commit any of these traffic law offences you may be penalised by fine, loss of demerit points and or licence disqualification.

So, go out there and give it a go. Soaking up Adelaide on a Lime e-scooter is a fun, quick and easy way to get around. Just make sure to abide by the traffic law and rules. If you do get charged by the police for a traffic law offence relating to riding an e-scooter contact us to get some advice.

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