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Greens welcome government move to legalise personal e-scooter use

18 December 2023

The Greens have welcomed news that the South Australian Government plans to introduce legislation to legalise the use of private e-scooters. The move comes after 87 per cent of respondents to Government consultation supported the use of e-scooters on public roads and paths.

“Car travel is one of the greatest sources of carbon emissions in our state. Earlier this year the Parliamentary Committee inquiring into Public and Active Transport, which I chaired, backed the legalisation of privately owned e-scooters on public spaces and a range of measures to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. It’s good to see the Government take up this recommendation to encourage this clean, green transport alternative,” said Greens SA Transport Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.

“The Government must now also turn its attention to the other recommendations of the Public and Active Transport Committee and provide a response in the New Year.”

Other key recommendations of the Public and Active Transport Committee included:

  • Increasing the frequency of bus services, simplifying concessions and improving connectivity.
  • Trialling of passenger rail services from Mount Barker to Adelaide and incentivising passenger rail between Adelaide and Melbourne (while servicing regional stops).
  • Trialling separated bike infrastructure and traffic calming measures, including speed limit reductions.
  • Commencing planning for a state-wide, integrated separated cycling network.