Melbourne police are cracking down on e-scooter drivers, handing out hefty fines days after a man died from horrific injuries sustained when he lost control of the motorized vehicle.
The 28-year-old e-scooter rider was not wearing a helmet when he lost control on a speed bump in Pascoe Vale.
He had been in the hospital with life-threatening injuries since the accident on the morning of September 22 and died on Friday.
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“He was driving well over 12 mph and I think there were also questions about whether he was using a phone while driving,” said Victoria Police Sergeant Michael Free.
“It is very tragic for him and his family. It’s something that’s preventable.”
Victoria Police are now increasing their focus on e-scooter riders in the Brunswick area, issuing nearly $1,000 in fines.
The operation began Monday and will run for the coming months, with police checking unregistered scooters to see if the rider is wearing a helmet and the scooter’s wattage.
Scooters that can go over 10km/h or emit over 200 watts are illegal and cannot be ridden publicly in most areas of Melbourne.
“E-scooters bring a lot of problems with them. Just over the weekend we had an accident where a parent had their small child on the e-scooter,” said Free.
“I’ve also seen an e-scooter with a 2400 watt motor… that can go 65 km/h with a 100 kg person on it. You can imagine it’s going to be pretty awkward if that goes wrong.”
An e-scooter trial is currently underway in the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and City of Port Phillip communities with a speed limit of 20km/h.
There is also no license requirement within the test areas.
The study ends in February 2023, and then a review will be conducted to decide if they can be safely regulated.
Braunschweig and the surrounding suburbs, where the police are currently taking action against the scooter riders, are not part of the process.
On Monday, police confiscated an electric scooter after the driver was caught without a license and allegedly had drugs in her system.
https://7news.com.au/news/victoria-police/riders-death-sparks-crackdown-on-e-scooter-riders-across-some-melbourne-areas-around-brunswick–c-8429113 The driver’s death has sparked a crackdown by Victoria Police on e-scooter drivers in some areas of Melbourne around Brunswick