Currently in Victoria there are many retailers selling escooters which do not meet the legal requirements for use on footpaths or roads.
VicRoads outlines the requirements for escooters here:
This includes a maximum power output of 200 watts and maximum speed of 10 km/h for use on footpaths. Anything with higher power output or maximum speed is not permitted to be used anywhere except private property.
This article in the Guardian talks about retailers
selling various models in Victoria without any warning that you can’t legally use them and in some cases staff (incorrectly) telling people they are legal for use.
The JB HiFi online store includes a disclaimer requiring the purchaser to research the road rules as they apply in their state or territory, “including where e-scooters and e-boards can legally be used and whether e-scooters and e-boards need to be registered with the relevant road traffic authority”. How many people a) read that disclaimer and b) go off to research the rules? I think the fact they’re available for purchase implies that they are legal for use.
The first scooter advertised on the wheelygoes.com.au website - Segway Ninebot Max - includes blatantly misleading claims, suggesting you can “travel at incredible distances like from the Melbourne CBD to the Yarra Valley” and “reach speeds of up to 30km/hr”. It doesn’t mention anywhere that it can’t be used on footpaths or roads in Victoria.
We seem to be in this perverse situation where the government is allowing retailers to sell products which are not legal to use. The average person isn’t even aware they are purchasing something which they could be fined in excess of $800 for using.