E-scooters in Victoria

Ride safe. E-Scooters are not legal in Victoria.Ride safe. E-scooter riders need to be 16 years or older.Ride safe. It's illegal to ride E-scooters on footpaths.

We’re continuing to review e-scooter safety and compliance measures for the use of e-scooters in Victoria before introducing permanent regulations later this year. E-scooter riders must follow these rules, or penalties apply.

E-scooter riders must:

  • be aged 16 years and over
  • not exceed 20 km/h
  • ride only on roads that have a speed limit of 60km/h or less and on bike or shared paths
  • always wear a helmet
  • always have proper control and ride responsibly
  • use a warning (e.g., bell, horn, or verbal) to avert danger
  • follow traffic rules
  • give way to pedestrians where appropriate
  • have front and rear lights if riding at night

E-scooter riders cannot:

  • ride on the footpath
  • use a hand-held mobile phone while riding
  • ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • carry passengers or animals 
  • lead an animal, including by tethering the animal to the e-scooter
  • ride in tandem, two abreast
  • ride a high-speed e-scooter – one capable of more than 25km/h
  • ride on roads that have a speed limit over 60km/h

As with all road rules, Victoria Police will be enforcing the safe use of e-scooters – and will not tolerate irresponsible behaviour on our roads.

The safety of all Victorian road users is our highest priority so gathering as much data as possible on their use will allow us to introduce permanent regulations for e-scooters that best promote safe and responsible use.

Victorians have embraced e-scooters with more than 8 million trips recorded during a closely monitored two-year trial, making the public hire share scheme one of the world’s most popular, while private e-scooter use also continues to grow.

Data gathered during the trial period shows most e-scooter users are doing the right thing, however it also indicates that more time may be needed for riders and other road users to understand the rules. 

To ensure that permanent regulations are introduced in the safest way possible, the Victorian Government will extend the current trial by six months to give experts time to review e-scooter usage data, ensure regulations are appropriate and that e-scooter riders and other road users are fully aware of the rules for e-scooter use. 

More detail on e-scooter rules and penalties can be found at the Rules and Penalties webpage.

To operate within a council's area, commercial e-scooter rental companies are required to have an agreement with the local council.  You can find more information at the Hire Schemes webpage. 

E-scooter trial FAQs

Read more about e-scooter safety and the trial.

Rules and penalties

E-scooter riders must follow these rules, or penalties apply.

What is a legal e-scooter?

There are many types of e-scooters available. However, there are strict guidelines that cover what is considered a legal e-scooter.

Hire schemes

Local governments can enter into their own hire schemes (hire e-scooters).

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