Centre for Road Safety

The law

A pedestrian includes "a person in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy". This includes rollerblades, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device:

  • Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades may be ridden on footpaths unless signs specifically prohibit them, however, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians
  • Powered foot scooters cannot be registered and can only be used on private land
  • On separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders must use the section designated for bicycles, but must keep out of the path of any bicycle
  • Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades can only be used on the road during daylight hours
  • They cannot be used on roads with a dividing line or median strip or a speed limit greater than 50km/h, or a one-way road with more than one marked lane

Safety advice

  • On the footpath, riders of foot scooters, skateboards or rollerblades should not threaten pedestrians, especially the elderly – they may need to slow down or dismount in busy areas
  • To improve safety and enjoyment, foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are best ridden in recreational areas designated for their use
  • Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear helmets and protective gear such as knee and elbow pads
  • The use of foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades on the road is not recommended for school-aged or younger children