Electric scooters have gained a certain level of popularity in Sydney, as well as other major cities in Australia. There maybe a number of reasons for this popularity. As a 2-wheeled vehicle, it certainly is more practical than a car particularly around the inner city, and much cheaper to run.
As a retailer of electric bikes, we would like to encourage all practical types of alternative transport. Had all things been equal, we would have loved to sell electric scooters in our store.
The main problem, however, and it is a major show-stopper, is that the revo-type electric scooters are illegal to ride anywhere other than on private properties. Of course would ask: “What’s the big deal? So what it’s not legal, what is the likelihood you would get booked”
To people who think along this line of reasoning, we would impart some words of wisdom. If you ride an electric scooter, at some point you will get booked, it’s not a matter of if, but when, and if you’re riding around the inner city, it will be sooner than you think. When it does happen, you will be surprised, perhaps shocked that the fine will be far more substantial than you would expect. At the very least, expect to be fined for driving an unregistered vehicle, no different to if it was an unregistered car. Along with a number of other citations, you could be paying over $1700 in fines.
We suggest it is not worth the risk, and that a street-legal alternative like a bike or an electric bike would serve you far better with your commuting needs.
So make a wise & informed decision that will serve you well for a long time to come.