A man had his electric scooter impounded in Benalla after breaking a number of road rules this week.
A Benalla police spokesperson said technically the type of scooter involved could be classified in the same category as a motorbike depending on its top speed, and the wattage of its electric motor.
“It doesn’t have to be both of those things, it could be one or the other,” the spokesperson said.
The scooter impounded was one that would require a motorbike license to operate and would have to be registered to be used in public.
“There was no motorbike license in this instance and it wasn’t registered,” the spokesperson said.
“These actually cannot be registered with VicRoads, so they technically cannot be used on any public roads in Victoria.
“That is something I believe people are not aware of when they purchase them.
“In some cases we also see people riding scooters without a helmet. I’d like to remind the community that anything that has wheels (excluding cars, trucks and vans) requires the rider to wear a helmet.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind car drivers to properly secure children with a seat-belt whenever travelling, and to never leave a child in a car, unsupervised, with the engine running.”
The electric scooter was impounded at the owner’s expense for 30 days at a cost of $1625.
Its operator will be summonsed to appear in court.
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