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Roads Minister puts Sydney’s planned electric scooter trial ‘under review’

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NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey says Sydney’s electric share-scooter trial is “under review” following a spike in rider injuries in a Queensland trial.

In Brisbane, where trials have been in place since mid-November, more than 50 people have been hospitalised with scooter-related injuries.

Ms Pavey admits the results have delayed a trial on Sydney’s northern beaches which was planned to get underway this month.

She tells Ben Fordham they’re still in consultation with private companies and the community.

“As you pointed out, there are a lot of issues that we need to work through. Manly Council is yet to fully put it through a council meeting.

“We want to get it right and we’re not ashamed of wanting to get it right,” she says.

“What we are planning here is much different than what Queensland has done.”

The Minister confirms to Ben the project is “still under review”, and it’s yet to be confirmed when the trial will begin.

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Under NSW road rules, electric scooters can’t be registered as vehicles and can only be used on private property.

Last year, Ben Fordham exclusively revealed that the state government would be making an exemption to that rule.

Ms Pavey confirmed her decision to grant the exemption but hadn’t yet signed the paperwork.

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