It's primarily a safety issue for the 'general public' who need to be protected from other members of the public.
Scooters are small, easily hidden, almost invisible, and can be very, very fast.
So, like bicycles (powered or not) they are banned from footpaths. The 'exception' is foot-powered scooters ridden by children under 12.
So those larger 'adult-sized' pneumatic-tyred scooters that one occasionally sees ridden by geek hipsters in the CBD are, in fact, illegal on footpaths (but not on roads) due to the age of the rider.
ADRs and regs are pretty specific about who what and where wheeled vehicles can be used.
A recent investigation into whether or not motorised wheelchairs/scooters should be 'licensed' and/or 'insured' - especially for 3rd Party Bodily Injury, was prompted by a few bad accidents in which people were injured in incidents involving uninsured motorised scooters (wheelers) ridden/driven by elderly driver/riders.
In several incidents which took place in shopping malls and elsewhere on private property, the property owner's public liability insurance kicked in, but several that happened on public footpaths were unable to access compensation for medical expenses etc and had to resort to the 'nominal defender'.
Govt asked whether this needed updating, as any actions won against the nominal defender are paid for by govt.
From memory the conclusion of the Parliamentary cross-party committee was to leave well alone, but implement changes to reporting of accidents by paramedics and hospitals so as to differentiate between 'motor vehicle accidents' and other forms of vehicle accidents, to better provide ongoing data as to whether or not there was in fact an issue that needed addressing.
Posted Thursday 27 Oct 2016 @ 2:03:46 am from IP #