RACQ welcomes e-scooter permit for Townsville

RACQ has welcomed news e-scooters could soon begin operating in north Queensland, after Townsville City Council voted to allow operators to set up a business.

The Townsville Bulletin reported the Council had already received interest from a number of companies to establish a shared e-scooters scheme in the city.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club supported additional modes of transport so residents and tourists had alternative and sustainable options for local journeys, particularly where public transport was limited.

“We know there’s a real issue in regional Queensland of not being able to access public transport and e-scooters can fill a need when other options like walking or riding aren’t practical,” Dr Michael said.

“It may also provide local gig-economy jobs for scooter re-chargers, which is critical in a time when tourism is still heavily impacted from COVID-19.”

Dr Michael said the Club was pleased to see Council considering safety management strategies such as geo-fencing areas to enforce lower speeds and scooter-free zones.

“We strongly encourage Council to engage with the local community as e-scooters are introduced,” she said. 

“It’s critical expectations and laws, like wearing helmets, not parking scooters in areas which obstruct others and not riding on the road, are communicated to ensure they’re operated safely and respectfully.”