Rules for personal mobility devices
In Queensland, a personal mobility device can be used on road-related areas such as paths and nature strips.
To use a personal mobility device in Queensland, it must:
- be designed for use by a single person only
- be self-balancing while in use
- be powered by an electric motor
- have 2-wheels that operate on a single axis
- have a control to limit speed to 12km/h or less
- have a maximum speed of 20km/h
- have a maximum width of 850mm
- have a maximum weight of 60kg—when not carrying a person or load.
Rules for personal mobility devices operators
Children under 12 must not use a personal mobility device.
When you’re using one, you must:
- be supervised by an adult if you’re 12-15
- wear an approved bicycle helmet that is securely fitted (see helmet exemptions)
- keep left on paths
- give way to pedestrians on paths
- keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices on paths
- have a working warning device, such as a bell or horn
- have a working flashing or steady white light on the front, and a red light and reflector at the rear when travelling at night or in hazardous conditions.
You are allowed to stay on your personal mobility device to cross a road at a designated crossing.
When you’re operating a personal mobility device, you must not:
- travel faster than 12km/h
- travel along a road unless it’s impractical not to, or if there’s an obstruction on the path or nature strip—in these cases you’re allowed to travel up to 50m on the road
- carry any passengers
- use a hand-held mobile phone
- drink or be under the influence of alcohol
- travel past a personal mobility devices prohibited sign—your local council or land owners may prohibit personal mobility devices in areas like malls, esplanades or jetties.
You are exempt from wearing a helmet on a personal mobility device if you’re:
- carrying a doctor's certificate stating you can't wear a helmet due to a medical reason or physical characteristic
- a member of a religious group and are wearing a headdress customarily worn by your group—making it impractical to wear a helmet.