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Communtity Law Manual | Driving & traffic law | Skateboards, scooters and mobility devices

Skateboards, scooters and mobility devices

Overview

Riding skateboards and scooters on roads and footpaths

Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, rule 11.1

If you ride a skateboard or a scooter (the small-wheeled, unpowered type of scooter) or use in-line skates, you have to follow these rules:

  • if you’re riding on the road, you have to keep as close as possible to the edge of the road
  • on the footpath, you must be careful and considerate and not be a hazard to others. You have to give way to pedestrians and people on mobility scooters.

Unlike cyclists, you don’t have to wear a helmet or use lights at night if you’re riding a skateboard or scooter.

Skating in malls, parks and other public places

Local councils also often have specific bylaws about skateboarding in public places like town squares – for example:

Mobility scooters

Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, rule 11.1

If you ride a mobility scooter, you can’t ride on any part of the road if you’re able to ride on the footpath. If you do need to ride it on the road, you have to keep as close as possible to the edge of the road.

When you’re riding your mobility scooter on the footpath, you must be careful and considerate and not be a hazard to others. Skateboarders on the footpath have to give way to you.

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