The National Electricity Market Authority (NEA) is set to unveil its new rules on electric scooter use on July 10, with the agency expected to publish the guidelines in a public consultation.
The NEA’s electric scroller regulations, which have been in the works for more than a year, are aimed at addressing concerns over how electric scountry vehicles are being used in the community.
Electric scooters are a new technology, which has the potential to revolutionise the way Australians travel.
They can travel from place to place in less time and with lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel powered vehicles.
But as the new rules were announced on Thursday, some have raised concerns over the safety of electric scourers, particularly after an Australian woman died after being hit by a scooter while cycling in a rural area in February.
“The NEAPRA has identified a range of risks associated with the use of electric mobility scooters,” NEA head of regulatory and regulatory affairs Stephen LeBlanc said in a statement.
“Electric mobility scooter owners are more likely to be at risk of injury, with a significant increase in the likelihood of a person being injured or killed when using an electric mobility device.”
“We believe that the NEAPR should adopt the recommendations from the Australian National College of Emergency Medicine (ANECM), which recommend that all electric mobility devices be equipped with a helmet.”
As a result, we recommend that NEAPRs consider adopting helmet laws and ensure that electric mobility users are appropriately supervised when using electric mobility,” LeBlanche added.”
This should be a matter of public health concern for the community.
“However, a group of local people have expressed concern about the safety issues associated with electric scooters, and a petition has been launched to lobby the NEA to introduce a helmet law.
The petition is calling for an immediate helmet law, and an end to the “bicycle free zone” in areas where electric scooper use is legal.”
The recent tragedy in Victoria is yet another reminder of the dangers of using electric scotches on the roads,” the petition reads.”
A helmet law should be the end of all helmet laws.””
The helmet law is not just an issue for the people of Victoria, it’s a public health issue as well.
It’s time for the NEAs new regulations to be put into place.
Helmet laws are not only dangerous for the person riding but also for the rider.””
We must take the helmet off.
Helmet laws are not only dangerous for the person riding but also for the rider.”