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news.com.au 24 Nov, 2021 09:00 am

Brisbane e-scooter chaos: Spike in serious crashes forces city to clamp down

Brisbane e-scooter chaos: Spike in serious crashes forces city to clamp down
E-scooters have become a key feature of Brisbane’s bustling streetscape but a spike in serious crashes has forced authorities to admit something needs to change.

Eleven serious scooter crashes in November alone have resulted in a range of head, face chest, abdominal and leg injuries for riders, and forced Queensland government and Brisbane City Council to consider whether new rules are needed to prevent further carnage.Picture: Steve Pohlner The city council has already announced a trial program that will lock e-scooters from midnight to 5am in the CBD and Fortitude Valley party district, with further regulations likely to be discussed at a key meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday night.Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said disability advocates and road safety campaigners were also among the parties who would have their say.“This important discussion will ensure we take a balanced and measured approach to e-scooter safety, rules and regulations,” Mr Bailey said.

The city’s bayside region is set to launch a trial of shared e-scooters from December 1.Shared e-scooters are already banned from the city’s Queen Street Mall and are generally not permitted on roads, bike lanes or other high-pedestrian areas.

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