A new round of increases to Queensland government fines, this time targeting e-scooters, will see riders hit with much greater, and closer to car driver fines, if they don’t abide by some added rules.

The reforms include speed-limit reductions, mandated warning bells, and a tiered system of fines for offences that didn’t previously exist or were lumped into general categories of non-compliance.

From November 1, anyone caught travelling up to 13 kilometres above the new 12km/h speed limit on shared footpaths will face a $143 fine, Transport Minister Mark Bailey announced on Saturday.

That rises to $215 for speeding up to 20km/h above the limit and continues to scale up to $575 for people daring to ride more than 30km/h over the limit.

The 25km/h limit remains in place for local streets and bike infrastructure.

The current speeding fine for e-scooters, e-skateboards and similar personal mobility devices is a flat $191.

New e-scooter fines at a glance.

Exceed the speed limit by:

  • 1-13km/h = $143
  • 14-20km/h = $215
  • 20-30km/h = $359
  • >30km/h = $575
  • Ride without a helmet = $143
  • Doubling (riding with two or more people) = $143
  • Holding a phone = $1078
  • Drinking alcohol while riding = $431
  • Using scooter on a prohibited road = $172

Speed limits will be reduced to 12km/h on footpaths and shared paths, unless otherwise signed. The 25km/h limit elsewhere, including along bike infrastructure and local streets remains the same.

Anyone caught without a helmet or with a pillion passenger will be slugged $143.

Holding a mobile phone, including checking online maps, is a new offence and will attract a fine of $1078. This is the same amount for holding a phone or not wearing a seatbelt while driving a car.

Another change will enable e-scooter users to access bike paths on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h, and any on-road bike lane that is physically separated.

“We have flagged that these changes have been in the pipeline, so users have had plenty of notice,” Bailey said.

“We want every person who uses our footpaths, bikeways and bike lanes to be safe from harm, and these reforms go a long way in tightening the Queensland road rules around this new technology.”

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