With an influx of e-scooters on the roads, the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) wants to make sure that riders are aware of the rules and regulations.
"Really right now, we're in a state where we'd like to do public education so people realize the rules prior to maybe purchasing one or when they're riding one," said Sgt. Ryan Lawrence.
As of last week, MJPS had not issued any tickets for e-scooter violations.
"You have to have an approved helmet on. Speed limit of 24 km/h. There are certain wattages and dimensions. Not all e-scooters fit into that category. We encourage you to actually check online to make sure that your e-scooter falls into the category of an approved one that can be ridden in the City of Moose Jaw."
A ticket for a provincial offence will cost you $175 while a city bylaw offence will set you back $125.
Below is a list of rules and regulations:
• follow all the rules under The Traffic Safety Act that apply to a vehicle;
• be at least 16 years old;
• wear an approved helmet (either motorcycle or bicycle);
• be sober and drug-free;
• drive on roads with 50 km/h or less speed limits;
• use an e-scooter that meets e-scooter equipment standards;
• drive alone (no passengers);
• not tow anything behind the e-scooter.
50.1 (1) Every person operating an electric kick scooter shall operate their scooter in accordance with the rules as set out in this Bylaw and The Traffic Safety Act and the associated regulations.
(2) Persons shall only operate electric kick scooters:
-on trails and pathways; or
-on a highway if the highway has a speed of 50 km/h or less.
(3) No person shall operate an electric kick scooter:
• on a public highway with a speed limit exceeding 50 km/h;
• at a speed above the maximum speed limit of 24 km/h;
• on a sidewalk, unless the person is walking their electric kick scooter;
• in a marked crosswalk, unless the person is walking their electric kick scooter; or
• recklessly or negligently at a speed or in a manner dangerous to the scooter user or the public.
(Bylaw No. 5695, 2023)
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