NEWS - Electric Kick Scooter Trials

New BC LogoThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has updated their list of pilot projects in twelve BC municipalities to allow the use of electric kick scooters on streets. Designed to assess the safety of e-mobility as safe modes of personal transportation these projects must be enabled by municipal bylaws.

The twelve participating municipalities are:

  • the City of Coquitlam
  • the City of Kelowna
  • the City of Nanaimo
  • the City of North Vancouver
  • the City of Richmond
  • the City of Vancouver
  • the City of Vernon
  • the District of North Vancouver
  • the District of West Vancouver
  • the Town of Oliver
  • the Town of Osoyoos
  • the Township of Langley

People using electric kick scooters must be 16 years or older, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road for cyclists. A driver’s licence and insurance are not required.

As part of the provincial Active Transportation Strategy, these pilot projects are examples of alternative solutions for personal mobility.

Comments

What if the rules aren't followed?

Presumably, the respective bylaws officers of the various municipalities will be responsible for ticketing the offenders. 

So how do they do this? What's the penalty if you're too young, or not wearing a helmet?

I suspect those youngsters don't need to worry though, as in my experience they will pay this as much attention as illegal pedestrian behaviour.

Enforcement

The enforcement falls to the police under the Motor Vehicle Act and bylaw enforcement under the municipal bylaws.

The usual Motor Vehicle Act rules and penalties that applied before the trial would apply to those outside the trial or in violation of the trial parameters.

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