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.

Personal mobility devices prohibited sign
Personal mobility device prohibited sign

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.

Helmet exemptions

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.