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Media release – Cities of Hobart and Launceston, 30 April 2021 Electric scooters to offer zippy city transport option A zippy new way to get around is on the cards for Tasmania’s two largest cities. Electric scooter point-to-point hire has been identified as a personal transport option for safely moving around the cities of Hobart […]

Media release – Cities of Hobart and Launceston, 30 April 2021

Electric scooters to offer zippy city transport option

A zippy new way to get around is on the cards for Tasmania’s two largest cities.

Electric scooter point-to-point hire has been identified as a personal transport option for safely moving around the cities of Hobart and Launceston.

The respective councils are about to join­­­tly launch an Expressions of Interest process to find a suitable supplier and operator for a 12-month trial of the transport technology, which would operate on an app-based, user-pays basis within defined geographical zones.

The introduction of micromobility options is identified in both the Sustainable Hobart and Connected Hobart action plans, and aligns strategically with the Greater Launceston Transport Vision and Work Plan and the Draft Launceston Transport Strategy.

“Electric scooters are convenient, compact, environmentally friendly and don’t contribute to the growing congestion on our roads,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“The most effective way to bust congestion is to provide more transport choices. Scooters may be useful for people who need to move around the city during the day but could otherwise leave their car at home, or commuters who live close to the city.

“It’s also a fun and easy way for tourists to move around and would contribute to the overall experience of Hobart and Launceston.”

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said e-scooters had proved successful in other Australian capital cities.

“In Brisbane, there are two operators who have reported around 5000 trips a day combined,” Cr van Zetten said.

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“There will need to be some controls around how they are operated and where they can be parked. “These details will be considered as part of the EoI and tweaked during the trial period.

“There will be the opportunity to apply exclusion zones for safety and amenity and we’ll be looking for feedback from the broader community.”

The successful vendor will need to demonstrate safety, software reliability and device maintenance measures and usage data will be provided to the Cities of Hobart and Launceston to help assess the success of the trial.

Pending the outcome of the EoI, it is proposed that the 12-month trial commence by the end of this year.

Under Tasmanian road laws, electric scooters with a maximum power output of 200 watts are permitted on shared paths and on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or less.

The Cities of Hobart and Launceston will continue to work with the state government to address regulatory barriers – as interstate capital cities have done – particularly as significant changes are being made to the National Transport Commission’s guidelines on micromobility devices.


Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 30 April 2021

Scooting To Secure Tasmania’s Future

Tasmanians will be able to zip around our cities on a new set of wheels under a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government.

E-scooters are easy to carry, great to get to and from public transport and above all, good for our environment.

But under our current regulatory framework, electric devices with a power output of more than 200 watts are considered motor vehicles and therefore not allowed on footpaths and shared paths – nor are they eligible to be registered for use on roads.

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A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will review this and look to kick start their use more widely in Tassie.

Within 60 days of being re-elected, we’ll identify the amendments required to safely permit e-scooters and other types of personal mobility devices.

This will make them lawful to be used on certain types of public infrastructure.

This is in addition to the measures announced yesterday to get more Tasmanians behind the wheels of electric vehicles as part of our Climate Action policy.

Our hope is to see e-scooters parked outside our workplaces and schools, as we continue to lead Australia’s transition to a low emissions economy.

Accelerating the use of e-scooters will help our environment but also help minimise traffic congestion by getting more Tasmanians out of their cars for short commutes.

Only a majority Gutwein Liberal Government has a plan to secure Tasmania’s future that includes getting Tasmanians out of their cars, and reducing pollution and noise.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/scooter-trials-for-hobart-launceston/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scooter-trials-for-hobart-launceston

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