Friday, February 23, 2024

Fraser Coast steers toward new e-scooter laws

Fraser Coast Regional Council is seeking public feedback on a proposal to change laws governing the use of personal mobility devices, including e-scooters, on Fraser Coast Regional Council footpaths.

Councillor Daniel Sanderson says current local laws pre-date the introduction and increased popularity of e-scooters.

“The changes are needed to cater for the implementation of e-scooter hire businesses as well as the increasing use of personal e-scooters by residents,” said Cr Sanderson.

“It became evident during the e-scooter trial that the local laws had to change to keep pace with modern trends and the increasing use of personal mobility devices.

“A part of the process to change the local law is a call for public feedback. The feedback will help us ensure that personal mobility devices are used safely on Council footpaths.”

Recent changes to e-scooter regulations by the Queensland Government will also help ensure people are safe, he said.

The call for feedback on the proposal will be held later this year and facilitated through Council’s Engagement Hub website – https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/

“I urge residents to log on and register on the Engagement Hub so they receive alerts when Council is calling for feedback,” Cr Sanderson said.

Interim local laws have enabled the recent use of e-scooters on footpaths as part of the e-scooter trial, however, the current interim local law will expire on 19 February 2023.

“We look forward to receiving the feedback,” Cr Sanderson said.

“It’s important to note that many of the concerns raised by residents during the e-scooter trial have been addressed by the introduction of new State Government regulations, especially those governing speed restrictions.”

The new Queensland Government laws taking effect on 1 November lower speeds on footpaths to 12 km/h, increase fines to up to $1,078 for dangerous offences, and mandate bells in addition to helmets and lights.

More details are available here – www.qld.gov.au/streetsmarts

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