There will soon be a new way to travel to and from destinations with e-scooters set to be implemented in Tasmania before summer.
Under the new changes, e-scooters and other transport devices such as e-skateboards and hoverboards will be able to be used by both commercial operators and private users on footpaths, shared paths and local roads.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the e-scooters would provide a cost-effective, low-pollution, congestion-busting transport alternative.
The current regulatory framework prohibits e-scooters with a maximum power output of more than 200 watts to be used on public streets, roads, footpaths, shared paths, or open public spaces.
"The Tasmanian government has identified amendments to the regulations required to allow these modern e-scooters to be used at certain speeds on most local roads, footpaths, shared paths and bicycle paths and will work with stakeholders including local government on their formalisation and adoption," Mr Ferguson said.
Once e-scooters are legalised to be used in the listed areas, anyone aged 16 or older will be able to use one as long as they wear a helmet and comply with the road rules.
A government spokesperson said the e-scooters would not be able to be used on main roads or highways, and councils would choose which commercial providers could operate in their municipalities.
RACT chief advocacy officer Garry Bailey said with the right regulations, the implementation of e-scooters could be a valuable addition to transport while relieving some traffic issues.
"As part of our Greater Hobart Mobility Vision, the RACT has long advocated for additional modes of transport to be introduced to the city's mix, providing increased accessibility for locals and visitors alike," he said.
"We know that if done properly, rolling out e-scooters can complement and unlock existing public transport networks by increasing access through first and last mile transport."