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Ben Fordham presses Minister for answers on electric scooter plan

Ben Fordham has pressed the NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey for answers about a plan to bring electric share scooters to Sydney.

Ben revealed exclusively yesterday the company Lime will be given an exemption from New South Wales road rules, which will allow them to launch electric scooters next year.

At the moment, electric scooters can only be ridden on private property because they can’t be registered as a vehicle.

But the state’s Roads Minister Melinda Pavey intends to sign-off on an exemption to that rule as part of a trial.

Ben is pushing the minister for answers about how it would work and what protections are going to be in place for the public.

Ms Pavey says the exemption wouldn’t just be for Lime as five other operators are interested in the trial.

Despite it being set to begin in January, she tells Ben they haven’t established a time or date and there’s still “a lot of work to do”.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we don’t want to stand in the way of innovation and of the way that people might like to move.

“Which is why we are taking this very slowly, one step at a time.

“Currently, in New South Wales, these type of scooters are not allowed.

“And so we’re only going to be trialling through companies that are doing it through the e-sharing platform. And we want to be able to control that trial.”

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The trial will be geographically restricted and operators would have to take responsibility for insurance issues.

As it stands, Ms Pavey says riders must be over 18 and must hold a drivers’ license.