Electric scooters could be on public roads pending municipal approval

New wheels could soon hit the asphalt as electric scooters could hit public roads, thanks to a new provincial regulatory framework.

The Limited Speed ​​Motor Vehicle Regulations, 2022, will be put in place to govern the use of motorized vehicles with a maximum speed of 32 kilometers per hour.

The framework was developed following consultation last fall with municipalities, law enforcement agencies, security organizations and stakeholders. Most of those polled were in favor of allowing them to be used on public roads, with many supporters seeing e-scooters as an environmentally friendly mode of transport.

“These regulations place a high priority on safety, to help ensure that people can ride electric scooters while minimizing risk,” said Don Morgan, minister responsible for SGI. “While municipalities have always had the ability to allow e-scooters on sidewalks and walking paths, these new regulations respond to public demand while giving municipal authority for additional regulations.”

Municipalities can pass bylaws to allow electric scooters and authorize where and when they can be used – if a municipality does not pass a bylaw authorizing their use, electric scooters will continue to be banned from public roads in that community.

Provincial regulations are as follows:

  • Electric scooters can only be allowed on roads at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour or less;
  • Electric scooters cannot be driven at a speed higher than 24 km/h;
  • Operators must be at least 16 years old;
  • Riders are required to wear safety gear such as helmets;
  • Municipalities and state and national parks have the authority to create regulations regarding the use of electric scooters.

When these devices are authorized, any person using one of these devices on the public highway is required to respect the rules of the road. Impaired driving of electric scooters is not permitted. Motorists are expected to keep safety in mind and share the road, as they currently do with cyclists.

Electric scooters don’t need to be registered and don’t need a driver’s license to operate, but they must comply municipal by-laws and comply with provincial regulations on electric scooters. Any fines or penalties for operating an electric scooter in a restricted area of ​​your community, town, or city is the responsibility of the municipality.

These provincial regulations initially focus on electric scooters. While other vehicles are not included at this time, the settlement positions the province to respond to other micro-mobility devices in the future.

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