With a number of Councils currently undertaking e-transport trials, RACV has taken a lead on e-scooter safety, releasing a suite of videos that outline how to ride e-scooters safely and the rules in place to protect riders and other road users.
The videos are available on the arevo by RACV website at arevo.com.au/e-scooters and feature information on the e-scooter trials taking place in the municipalities of City of Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip and Ballarat.
Topics covered in the videos include how to use an e-scooter, traffic rules, and how to interact with other modes of transport while riding.
RACV General Manager Mobility, Elizabeth Kim said there had been more than one million e-scooter trips in Victoria since the trials began this year in February.
“RACV is committed to providing Victorians with a choice on how they get around – whether that is by car, on a bike, walking, public transport or on an e-scooter,” Ms Kim said.
“We want to ensure safety is top of mind for all road users when it comes to e-scooter trials and usage and that’s why we produced these videos available on the arevo by RACV website.
“The videos help Victorians easily understand the rules that apply to e-scooters before they jump on for a ride. The arevo app can also help users plan safe trips around Melbourne using an e-scooter.”
RACV has partnered with Lime, an organisation taking part in the Melbourne e-scooter trial, to produce the safety video campaign.
General Manager of Lime Australia & New Zealand, Hugo Burt-Morris said e-scooter rules vary across Australia, so understanding the laws in Melbourne was important.
“We need to ensure that we continue to communicate all of the rules and safety measures around e-scooters, so that Victorians can use this convenient and cleaner form of transport with full confidence,” he said.
“Thanks to their convenience of use and low-emission output, e-scooters are proving to be especially popular in Melbourne.
“Safety and compliance information collected from these trials will help us understand the benefits and risks of e-scooters; including how e-scooters are interacting with other road users and what the optimum rules and regulations should be in the longer term.”