Motorised wheeled recreational devices

A motorised wheeled recreational device is a personal transportation device that is propelled by an electric motor. Examples include:

  • self-balancing two-wheeled boards, also known as hoverboards and self-balancing scooters
  • segways
  • self-balancing unicycles
  • electric skateboards
  • electric scooters.

Electric scooters referred to here do not include motorised wheelchairs and scooters typically used by people with mobility difficulties.

Some of these devices can travel at speeds of up to 26 km/h and may not be fitted with adequate brakes, lights or warning indications to interact safely with other road users and pedestrians.

Can I ride a motorised wheeled recreational device on a road, footpath or bike track?

No. These devices cannot be used on roads or road related areas such as foot paths, bike/pedestrian tracks, or vehicle parking areas.

Under South Australian legislation, these devices are considered to be motor vehicles. Operating a motor vehicle requires a driver’s licence, registration and compulsory third party insurance.

These devices do not meet the safety standards under the Australian Design Rules and they are not eligible for registration.

Can recreational devices advertised as toys be used on a road, footpath or bike track?

No. Many power-assisted wheeled recreational devices available for purchase online or through retail stores are often sold as toys, depicting children riding them.

Regardless of the power output of the motor fitted to the device, they cannot be used on roads or road-related areas such as footpaths, bike/pedestrian tracks, or vehicle parking areas.

Where can I ride a motorised wheeled recreational device?

These devices can only be used on private property. Failure to comply could result in fines for driving unregistered and uninsured and in some instances for not holding the appropriate driver’s licence.

E-scooter trials

Currently four e-scooter trials have been approved in South Australia.

The trials are restricted to specified local city councils. The participating councils will monitor and evaluate the outcomes to assist the development of a regulatory framework for e-scooters and other personal mobility devices.

Further information on the e-scooter trials can be found on mylicence.

Can I ride a non-motorised wheeled recreation device on a road, footpath or bike track?

A wheeled recreational device that is is propelled solely by human power or gravity can be used on footpaths, bike/pedestrian tracks, parks and in some circumstances on roads. Examples include:

  • skateboards
  • foot scooters
  • rollerblades
  • roller skates.

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