So since I got into esk8 a few months ago I’ve been under the impression that electric skateboards fall into the “Wheeled Recreational Devices” category and were therefore legal on footpaths not specifically prohibiting skateboards/rollerblades/etc and roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or less, no centre markings and no median strip. I’ve ridden my board on footpaths and the road a number of times and so far no one has paid me much attention (though little kids like to point and yell “daddy! daddy! look!”). It’s been fun and a great way for me to get at least a small amount of exercise in my lunch break without coming back horribly sweaty.
Just now I discovered (through my own research) that esk8s are actually specifically prohibited on all public footpaths and roads (at least in NSW, QLD and VIC). I believe this must have changed sometime in the last year or so. This obviously sucks because I now know that I’m technically breaking the law. NSW (my state) is of course the dumbest and most “nanny state” of them all, and even specifically prohibits segways on footpaths. That’s insane. I think it goes without saying that people in suits that only drive BMWs and want the entire road to themselves are not the best people to be making these laws.
I know there’s at least a few Aussie esk8rs on this forum. What are your thoughts on this? Do you specifically try to avoid being seen by police? What are your experiences? Have you ever been pulled over? Fined? Board confiscated? etc.
Right now I’m just trying to decide if I should keep spending money on my board (which I can’t legally use anywhere except private property) or if I should not risk it and just part it out and sell it. Alternatively I could start working towards making it into a mountainboard, since I do actually live on 20 acres and have a bushland behind our property with some good fire trails. I’d appreciate any suggestions as well.