Christmas shoppers reminded eRideables are not toys

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With eRideables expected to be popular gifts this Christmas, shoppers are being reminded that while they are a fun way to get around, they are not toys and should not be used by anyone under 16 years of age.

Consumer Protection and the Road Safety Commission have teamed-up with eRideable retailers ahead of the festive season in a bid to keep riders and the wider community safe. Retailers have been provided access to free in store promotional materials designed to raise awareness of eRideable safety on both sides of the sales counter.

Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner said the safe, sensible use of eRideables starts before a purchase is even made and that’s why the ‘Make every eRide safe’ campaign is recruiting retailers to help promote all-important safety messaging.

Of concern, Perth Children’s Hospital data shows the number of eRideable crashes involving riders under the age of 16 doubled each year from 2017, and this trend is expected to continue in 2022.

“If you’re considering an eRideable for yourself or a loved one this Christmas, it’s important to know the rules in place and understand they are there for good reason,” Mr Warner said.

“First and foremost, eRideables are not toys and are strictly for people aged 16 years and over. Secondly, eRideables are limited in weight and size and must not exceed 25kg.”

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe also urged consumers, particularly parents, to be aware of eRideable laws in Western Australia before purchasing an eScooter or eSkateboard.

“Safety is everyone’s business and retailers need to take responsibility to inform consumers about eRideable laws so shoppers can make informed choices,” Mr Newcombe said.

“An eRideable is a popular method of transportation and is certainly on the top of many Christmas lists. But it’s important to understand that eRideables are not toys, they are not suitable for children under the age of 16 and they are capable of causing very serious injuries if not used correctly.”

Mr Warner said while most people are doing the right thing when purchasing and using eRideables, he is aware of people deliberately purchasing devices that fall outside the law or modifying them beyond the legal limits.

“We’ve set these limits to create a safe environment not only for riders but for everyone who shares our roads and paths,” he explained.

“I hope the eRideables that find their way under the Christmas tree this year are legal, otherwise their owners run the risk of their device being seized and forfeited.”

For more information about eRideables, and to check out the new ‘Let’s roll safely together’ campaign, visit the Road Safety Commission website.

Consumers who feel they have been misled when purchasing an electronic device should try to resolve the issue with the retailer first, but if unresolved, contact Consumer Protection by email to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 30 40 54.

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Media Contact: Alan Hynd, (08) 6552 9248 / 0429 078 791 / alan.hynd@dmirs.wa.gov.au  

Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2022

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