An e-scooter hire scheme to be trialled in three Victorian local councils has been welcomed by the RACV.
The Victorian government announced at the weekend that an e-scooter trial scheme will be trialled in two Melbourne metropolitan councils and one regional council.
The news was welcomed by RACV’s Peter Kartsidimas, who said that public attitudes to e-scooters was positive. Clearer rules around the use of e-scooters however are needed, he said.
“In 2020, we saw many Victorians consider alternative mobility options as a way to explore and connect with their local communities. Now many people are looking to integrate these mobility options in their day to day lives moving forward,” Mr Kartsidimas said.
“Using an e-scooter to get around has many benefits – they are often a cheaper and more reliable form of transport that is better for the environment,” he added.
The RACV has been calling for the creation of a national framework for personal mobility devices including e-scooters. A 2019 survey conducted by the group showed that about 80% of Victorians would consider using an e-scooter and nearly 60% would use one in place of a car.
About 18 months ago RACV made a submission to the National Transport Commission requesting for a nationwide approach regarding speed limits and rules as to where e-scooters are ridden.
“Victorians have told us they want to use e-scooters, but they want to feel safe to do so. The Victorian Government must continue to build communities where all Victorians have the option of walking or riding to work, the shops or other local destinations,” Mr Kartsidimas said.
The RACV is urging the state government to use the upcoming trial to consider how to encourage public take-up of e-scooters and how all road users and pedestrians can be kept safe if they choose to ride an e-scooter.
The Victorian government said that the e-scooter hire scheme will commence later this year and run for up to 12 months. The three councils participating in the trial will be chosen through an EOI process overseen by the Department of Transport.