‘Safely use it or we’ll lose it’ RACQ

RACQ has urged e-scooters rider to use the devices sensibly or risk having them banned, after new research revealed almost half of all users in Brisbane were breaking the law.

The Courier Mail reported an observational study from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) found hundreds of reckless users were carrying passengers, scooting down middle of roads or travelling around the city without a helmet.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the study mirrored RACQ’s own research and it was disappointed some riders behaving badly could ruin it for the rest.

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“E-scooters are filling that gap between bus stop and workplace, train station and home and other destinations too close for a rideshare or taxi but too far to walk,” Ms Ritchie said.

“They are providing an innovative solution to gaps in Brisbane’s transport system and it would be a shame if the irresponsible and illegal use of the devices by some, sees authorities forced to ban them altogether.”

Ms Ritchie said it was concerning the research found 45 percent of e-scooter riders weren’t wearing helmets.

“Hire scooters, like Lime, should have helmets with them for use and we encourage the company to keep working hard to make sure they’re replenishing the safety equipment on their devices,” she said.

“Then it’s up to every user to behave. Put your helmet on, get off the road, stick to the speed limit and don’t carry passengers.

“It’s the same as riding a bike or driving a car. There are rules in place you must follow, or you risk not just a fine, but hurting yourself or someone else.”