Councils fail to get tough on scooters
NEW South Wales councils face increasing problems and scooter users have been left in limbo after a motion to push for tougher regulations on scooter-use failed to gain support at the annual Local Government Association of NSW conference in Dubbo.
The motion, put forward by Holroyd Council in western Sydney, called for the State Government to distinguish between pedestrians and motorised scooters and require scooter users to obtain a competency check.
Currently no formal tests, registration, or insurance are required to use a scooter and there are few regulations.
Ballina Mayor David Wright said the town faced increasing problems from scooter users, highlighted by the serious injury caused by a 91-year-old scooter driver to two pedestrians last month.
He said the town's coastal location and large elderly population and flat landscape had led to a "proliferation" of scooters, and that some users were not fully conversant with their vehicles.
"Too many people are using them and don't know how to use them," Cr Wright said.
"The staff and councillors are concerned and are taking that into account with the planning of our footpaths.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better, so we need to put things in place to make sure it works."