In late 2021, the State Government introduced regulatory changes legalising the use of micromobility devices, like electric scooters, in Tasmania.
The regulatory changes mean anyone 16 years of age or older can use an e-Scooter in Tasmania as long as they wear a helmet and comply with all of the road rules, including speed limits.
Both privately owned e-Scooters and ride share e-scooters can now be legally ridden on most footpaths, cycling trails and many local roads in Tasmania.
In anticipation of this legislative change, The City of Hobart and The City of Launceston invited expressions of interest from potential e-Scooter hire operators for a 12-month trial of ride share e-scooters.
The trial does not encompass privately owned e-Scooters.
The trial enables the councils to have some level of control over which hire and ride providers initially enter the e-scooter rental market and to collect data on use times, travel patterns, parking and incidents to further manage the regulation of micromobility devices in the future.
The 12-month trial, originally due to conclude in December, has been extended to March as The City of Launceston and The City of Hobart collate usage data and public feedback in final reports to be considered by elected representatives.
Since the introduction of rental e-Scooters in Launceston, more than 227,000 individual trips have been taken, equating to 600 rides each day and a combined total distance travelled of 452,000km. Prior to the extension of permit, Neuron opted to windup operations, with Beam committing long term.
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