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E-scooters overseas

NEW ZEALAND

  • Users need a driving licence and must get the scooters licensed, said the country's Transport Agency website.
  • Once fitted with a motor up to 300 watts, manually-powered scooters become motor vehicles.
  • Wearing of safety helmet depends on the power rating of your vehicle's motor.
  • Users must keep as close as possible to the edge of the roadway.

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

  • Defined as a scooter with an electric motor below 200 watts, it must not be capable of travelling faster than 10kph on level ground.
  • The manufacturer has to certify that the power output is less than 200 watts, by attaching a plate to the motor or by engraving it.
  • Users must wear an approved bicycle helmet.
  • Users have to adhere to guidelines for manually-powered scooters.

CALIFORNIA, US

  • Since 2005, users of motorised scooters need a Class C driver's licence or driver permit, said the California Highway Patrol's website.

UK

  • Classed as motor vehicles, they have to be licensed and are subjected to tax, according to the country's Department of Transport.
  • Users need to wear a helmet, have a driver's licence of category A1 and third-party insurance.
  • It is illegal to ride on the pavements, but they can be used on private property.

ONTARIO, CANADA

  • They are banned from the roads as they do not meet the provincial equipment safety standards for on-road use, said its Ministry of Transport's website.
  • May be operated only on private property.
  • Use on pavement or bike paths is governed by by-laws of the local municipalities.

- CHAI HUNG YIN