eRideables

Technology is changing rapidly and so is our urban landscape. More people are using eScooters and other electric rideable devices for commuting and recreational purposes. New rules have now been introduced to keep eRiders and other West Australian road users safe.
What is considered an eRideable device infographic

What are the new eRideable rules?

What is considered an eRideable?

  • A small electric rideable device with at least one wheel
  • Is less than 125cm long, 70cm wide and 135cm high
  • Is 25kg or less and not capable of travelling faster than 25km/h on level ground

What isn't an eRideable?

  • eBicycles (power-assisted pedal cycles)
  • Segways (electric personal transporters)
  • Motorised wheelchairs
  • Motorised scooters less than 200w

These devices are already governed by their own regulations under the Road Traffic Code 2000  and are not included in the new eRideable rules.

Where can I ride my eRideable?

  • eRideables can be ridden on
    • footpaths
    • bicycle paths
    • shared paths
    • local roads without centre lines and a speed limit of 50km/h or less
  • They may be ridden in bicycle lanes, but only on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or less

Where can’t I ride my eRideable?

It will be illegal to ride an eRideable on:

  • A carriageway with a dividing line
  • A carriageway with a speed limit exceeding 50km/h
  • A one-way carriageway with more than one marked lane

How fast can I travel on my eRideable?

  • eRideables ridden on footpaths will be restricted to 10km/h
  • eRideables ridden on bicycle paths, shared paths and local roads can be ridden up to 25km/h

What safety equipment is required in order to be lawful?

  • eRiders must wear an approved helmet
  • eRiders must have lights and reflectors when riding at night
  • Where possible, a bell or other warning device must be fitted to the eRideable and sounded when approaching pedestrians on footpaths

Can I use my mobile phone?

  • eRiders must not touch or use a mobile phone when riding

Drink and drug driving

  • eRiders must maintain proper control of an eRideable device at all times and are subject to the same drink and drug driving laws as motor vehicle drivers

 Minimum age

  • eRiders must be at least 16 years of age
  • Children under 16 will still be permitted to ride low-powered eScooters which do not exceed 200w or 10km/h

What if I have a device that doesn't meet new rules?

Motor vehicles and electric devices that are capable of travelling over 10km/h have previously been illegal to ride on public roads and paths. If you have a motor vehicle/device which falls outside of the eRideable specifications (125cm long, 70cm wide, 135cm high, 25kg and capable of travelling faster than 25km/h) it will continue to be unlawful to be ridden on public roads and paths.

How to share the road with other road users

Making every journey safe is up to all Western Australians whether you’re walking, cycling, driving, or riding. As an eRider you need to be mindful and respectful of all path users by:

  • Complying with speed restrictions
  • Giving way to pedestrians
  • Keeping left unless overtaking
  • Using a bell or verbal warning when approaching pedestrians or other path users
  • Ensuring lights and reflectors are used when riding at night
  • Not carrying animals or additional people on your device
  • Use hand signals to indicate your intentions to other road users when turning

What to look for when buying an eRideable

If you’re considering buying an eRideable, please ensure it is compliant with the new regulations:

  • Less than 125cm long, 70cm wide and 135cm high
  • 25kg or less and not capable of travelling faster than 25km/h on level ground
  • No sharp protrusions

Where can I get more information?

The new eRideable rules span a number of different government agencies. A list of useful links can be found below if you'd like to access more information on Perth's bike path network, taking eRideables on public transport, road and path information. If you have general information regarding eRideables please contact our team at the Road Safety Commission via email.

Where and how fast can I ride?

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eRideables can be ridden on footpaths, bicycle and shared paths and some roads. However varying speed limits apply.

eRideables can be ridden on footpaths, bike paths, shared paths and local roads - but what's the difference?

The information below explains the difference between each path, and what speed you can ride on each of the paths.

Girl walking down along footpath

What is a footpath?

Footpaths are generally adjacent to houses and cross over driveways. They are usually characterised by large paving slabs and are often uneven due to surrounding topography or tree growth.
The speed limit on footpath: 10km/h or less.

 

 

Image of cyclist riding on bike path

What is a bicycle path?

Bicycle paths are specifically for bikes where footpaths are adjacent for pedestrian use. These are slowly being phased out across WA by shared paths. The speed limit on a bicycle path: 25km/h or less.

 


 

Shared path for pedestrians, bike riders and eRideable users

What is a shared path?

A shared path is, as the name suggests, shared by both pedestrians and those on wheeled transport like bicycles, eRideables, rollerblades etc.
The speed limit on a shared path: 25km/h or less.

 


 

Local road with house, car in driveway and car parked on the roadside

What is a local road?

Residential streets where the speed limit is 50km or less, and there is no centre line, are local roads.
The speed limit on a local road: 25km/h or less.

Safety requirements

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New eRideable rules include safety requirements designed to keep eRiders safe, day and night.

The new rules relating to safety requirements for eRideables are:

  • eRiders must wear an approved helmet
  • eRiders must have lights and reflectors when riding at night
  • Where possible, a bell or other warning device must be fitted to the eRideable. If fitting a bell onto a device isn't possible, say in an eSkateboard or eUnicycle situation, then please use a verbal warning to pedestrians and other path users to let them know you are approaching.

Approved helmets

Approved bicycle, skateboard or motorcycle helmets can be worn when riding an eRideable. To be as safe as possible, be sure any helmet you purchase complies to the current Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2063) by looking for the sticker inside the helmet.

Australian standard stickers for approved motorcycle and bicycle helmets

Under 16 eRiders

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Research indicates that children under 16 typically lack the cognitive ability to operate a motor vehicle. Brain trauma in children as a result of crashes can also be catastrophic, due to the malleable nature of the growing brain. To keep our children safe, special rules for eRiders under 16 apply.
Teenager on hoverboard at Elizabeth Quay

New rules - minimum age

  •   eRiders must be at least 16 years of age to ride a device capable of exceeding 10km/h
  •   Children under 16 are able to ride low-powered eScooters which do not exceed 200w or 10km/h

Children under 16 years

  • May use eRideables on private property or at a place that is not a public road or path
  • Are permitted to ride low-powered, low-speed ‘motorised scooters’ on public roads and paths

Media campaign

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A mass media campaign has been launched to ensure all West Australians are familiar with the new rules around eRideables.

All media assets below can be used and shared to help keep all road users in Western Australia safe.

Announcements

News story

New eRideables legislation expected before Christmas

Drafting of new legislation governing eRideables in Western Australia is currently progressing. The proposed legislation will follow the Australian Road Rules and will apply rules that consider the safety of all road users. The new rules are expected to be introduced prior to Christmas 2021.
News story

eRideable Survey

Have your say on the future use of eRideable devices in WA.
Survey ends Friday, 3 September 2021!
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Shadows of Summer campaign launched

The Shadows of Summer campaign launched on Saturday 19th December at Bathers Beach in Fremantle. This summer, shadows representing people lost on our roads this year will be installed across WA to provoke reflection on road safety and driver behaviour.
Page reviewed 13 January 2022