Proposed perfect eScooter of the Future by Teague,
Proposed perfect eScooter of the Future by Teague,
The Perfect eScooter — Ilegal Under Australia’s Proposed Laws, Source: Teague

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston, Founders Zipidi Micromobility & Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

Model laws for electric scooters and personal mobility devices agreed by Australia’s Transport Ministers will compromise safety and innovation. The industry urges Australia’s State Governments to modify the National Transport Commission model laws to allow safer and more innovative vehicles for millions of Australian riders. The scooters the NTC model law prevents are widely used throughout the world.

To become law, each State then needs to enact the model laws — which is yet to happen. These “model laws” aim to improve road safety for all users and have consistent laws throughout Australia.

Unfortunately, the NTC process took three years, and some key recommendations were based…

By Stephen Coulter, Founder of Zipidi and Innovation Leader in Micromobility

Have you noticed a trend in Minister Constance’s recent posts — rarely a post goes by without the word electric preceding a mode of transport — trains, buses, ferries, cars, EVs!

The only words missing are scooters and bikes!

We ask Mr Constance for one last mood swing to make eScooters legal in NSW for the tens of thousands already riding them — and to recognise eBikes and eScooters as the electric vehicles of most impact for NSW in the short to medium term.

Cars are not the only…

eRiders in Auckland

New Zealanders are voting with their thumbs and adopting electric bikes and scooters at an accelerating rate.

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston, Zipidi and Convenors of Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

NZ is a more mature and progressive market than Australia. Both electric bikes and scooters are available for private ownership and rental use. A recent survey of more than 20,000 New Zealanders found around 20% overall, and as many as 27% in some regions, are planning to buy an electric bike or scooter in the next 12 months.

Australia’s regressiveness in not allowing privately owned electric scooters and not…

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston, Founders Zipidi Micromobility & Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

Other than transport specialists and people in the electric scooter industry, most Australians are unaware it is illegal to ride electric scooters on footpaths and roads — unless you are in Queensland or the Australian Capital Territory.

Sales of electric scooters are in the tens of thousands around Australia and actively promoted in all states by major retailers.

Australian Federal Law allows electric scooters to be imported, sold and owned — but State laws prohibit their use on public roads/paths with the two…

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston, Founders Zipidi Micromobility & Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

In a welcome move, Australia’s Federal Government has killed electric scooters as a vehicle import category.

eScooters will now be classified as part of the broader PMD category.

The change was made on 11 January by the Assistant Minister making an amendment to the Australian Motor Vehicle Standards Determination.

Australian PMDs must be speed limited to 25km/h when propelled by motor but have no power restriction.

This is a great outcome as more powerful speed restricted PMDs will support heavier riders, riders on…

An “illegal” eScooter impounded by Victoria Police 28 January 2021. New Australian legislation may finally legalise electric scooters and other forms of electric micromobility.

Recommendations for Model Micromobility Legislation

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston, Founders Zipidi Micromobility & Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

Australia’s National Transport Commission(NTC) has released its recommendations for common micromobility legislation across all Australian States and territories.

The recommendations could see electric scooters and other forms of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) become legal across Australia in 2021.

Australia is one of the world’s laggards in adopting progressive legislation to enable a wider range of electric personal vehicles. Only Queensland and the ACT have legalised electric scooters and skateboards. …

In a remarkable display of insensitivity, Andrew Constance, NSW’s Transport Minister has resorted to victim-blaming after a spate of delivery rider deaths in Sydney.

By Stephen Coulter, Co-Founder of Zipidi Micromobility

The Guardian reports… The minister told reporters on Tuesday morning that food delivery companies needed to provide more reflective equipment, but that riders themselves had “a degree of self-responsibility” to “make sure that they are highly visible”.

The minister also said while the circumstances of each crash were different, “generally I think we would all acknowledge that they are getting around the city typically in the night hours”.

Richards said there was no evidence that any of the riders who died were not wearing enough reflective or visible clothing.

The most recent fatal…

Scooter rider in Sydney blending in with other mobility

By Stephen Coulter and Krystyna Weston
Founders of Zipidi Micromobility Solutions and Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

Transport for NSW’s “Smart Innovation” Centre’s electric scooter advisory group has recommended against any permitted use of electric scooters in New South Wales. In the 18 months, the group has been fiddling, thousands of electric scooters, skateboards and unicycles have been bought and used in Sydney by citizens wanting sustainable, safe transport for short journeys.

Australia’s largest city will need to wait months, if not years, to have legalised electric scooters and…

Sydney’s most reliable and loved form of Public Transport is at risk of being the victim of uninformed politicians and bureaucrats.

By Stephen Coulter, Mobility Expert and Manly Resident

Why is New South Wale’s Minister for Transport so determined to rid Sydney of the iconic Manly Ferry?

The recent announcement by Andrew Constance to replace the iconic Manly Freshwater Class Ferry with the much smaller Emerald Class ferries beggars belief and warrants detailed investigation.

The Sydney Morning Herald on October 9 reported “Mr Constance said the Freshwater-class ferries were costly to maintain and “their time has come”.
“[The Freshwater-class is] at…

The rapid growth of new eMobility vehicles is creating quality, regulatory and compliance issues. A solution is emerging to ensure safety, quality and authentic vehicles.

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston

eScooters, eBikes and new forms of eMobility are evolving and innovating rapidly:

  • New form factors
  • One, two, three or four wheels
  • Seats, no seats
  • Small wheels, large wheels
  • Speed limited, unlimited speed

…and more.

Governments are struggling to keep up — most laws were written for bikes — maybe eBikes at best. Few countries have consistent laws covering all forms of eMobility. Even worse, in many countries, each State or Province may have different laws.

Complicating this further are cheap copy models, inferior components — some dangerous — and aftermarket modifications of bikes and…


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