Play it safe on scooters: RACQ

RACQ has warned Queenslanders to put safety first when riding on scooters, after it was revealed more than $230,000 worth of fines were handed out to almost 2000 riders of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs), which included segways, hoverboards and e-scooters, in the last two years.

The Courier Mail reported 65 people were fined for riding PMDs in prohibited areas between January and September last year, while 14 riders were fined for using a mobile phone and another 12 for carrying more than one passenger.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was concerning so many riders had been busted doing the wrong thing.

“It’s critical riders stick to the rules for the safety of all road users, including pedestrians and themselves,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Scooter riders are vulnerable road users and have little protection in a crash, which is why it’s vital they play it safe on the roads.

“Please make sure you’re wearing a helmet at all times and that your scooter doesn’t exceed 25km/h.

“It’s also important riders give way to pedestrians, provide a safe passing distance and park scooters in a place where they don’t become a trip hazard.”