EVScooters rules and safety
2022-08-11 13:02 PDT
Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit (RSU) along with Richmond RCMP volunteers will be working alongside the City of Richmond to provide proactive education to the public so they can safely enjoy their e-ride. Richmond was selected as one of the cities to participate in the province of BC’s three-year Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project. Since July 2021, community members have been allowed to legally ride an e-scooter on some municipal streets and paved pathways, while adhering to provincial Motor Vehicle Act regulations and City bylaws. Provincial regulations for e-scooter operators include:
- You must be 16 years or older.
- You must wear a helmet.
- No drugs or alcohol. It is illegal to operate an electric kick scooter while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Ride alone. You must not transport any passengers. This includes no towing another person, vehicle, cycle, or other device, including another electric kick scooter.
- Failing to follow these rules can be costly, resulting in fines up to $ 2,000.00. To learn more about e-scooter regulations visit the BC Government website (Available in English only) (link to Government of BC website with information on e-scooters)
- In the City of Richmond, e-scooters are permitted to operate only on the following routes:
- Streets with cycling facilities such as bike lanes.
- Local streets without cycling facilities, defined as a street without lanes lines or a directional dividing line and a maximum speed limit of 50 km/h or less.
- Streets without cycling facilities that have a directional dividing line and a maximum speed limit of 30 km/hour.
- Off-street paved pathways next to the roadway or in parks that are signed and marked for shared use with pedestrians.
E-scooters are not permitted on sidewalks or on unpaved trails. Maximum speeds are:
- 20 km/h on roadways.
- 15 km/h on paved pathways shared with pedestrians.
Fines for infractions range from $95.00 to $175.00.
To learn more, visit the City of Richmond website
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