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Dubitz Scooters: Our FAQs

Whether you are completely new to electric scooters or are seriously considering buying one, you may have a list of questions you want answering. We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions so that you can find the answers you’re looking for.

Let’s get started:

Are electric scooters legal in Australia?

While all electric scooters are legal everywhere, they are not necessarily legal publicly in every state. It’s worth checking out your state and city’s local regulations and laws to find out more.

Do you need to wear a helmet while riding an electric scooter?

Yes, you should always wear an e-scooter helmet. Your safety is always a top priority and consistently wearing a helmet is one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re staying safe.

Can I ride my electric scooter on the sidewalk or the road?

Again, this is dependent on your state or city. Most full-sized electric scooters are not allowed on sidewalks and are instead expected to be ridden on the road. Be sure to check out local rules and familiarise yourself with them so you’re fully aware of what is and isn’t possible for you and your particular scooter.

Do I need a licence to ride an electric scooter in Australia?

As a base, you will need at least a driver’s licence, with these states accepting that as enough: SA, QLD, NT and WA. Other states require you to have further training and for the motorised scooter to pass appropriate testing. These states include NSW, ACT, TAS and VIC. As always, make sure you fully understand your state’s rules and guidance before making your purchase.

From what age can I drive an electric scooter?

Most places in Australia require you to be at least 16 years of age to ride an electric scooter, but this can differ. Check all local laws and rules.

Can an electric scooter handle gravel and dirt roads?

This is completely dependent on the type of tyres your electric scooter has. As a general rule of thumb, inflated air tyres are the best choice for all types of terrains. Flat rubberised tyres are good for gravelly roads but don’t handle bumps so well. Try and figure out what sort of terrain you will most frequently be on and go from there!

What is the maximum speed and range of my electric scooter?

This will differ from scooter to scooter and will also depend on other variables such as terrain, weight and weather. Most scooters have an average of around 25 km/h but we stock scooters that can go up to 80 km/h.

Can I ride my electric scooter in the rain?

We would recommend avoiding riding in the rain for safety reasons. There are water-resistant models out there but in general, we would say leave the scooter at home when it rains.

Can I upgrade the battery?

This is totally dependent on the brand and model of your scooter but it is sometimes possible.

What is the battery life of an electric scooter?

Li-on batteries are the most recommended batteries for your electric scooter. From a single charge, you can scoot anywhere from 8 to 120 km, depending on variables including terrain and weather.

How long and how often should you charge the electric scooter?

If your electric scooter is being stored, it should be recharged every 3 months. We would also recommend charging your batteries in a cool place so as to avoid any overheating and causing damage to the battery. It is also recommended (if possible) to charge slowly, especially small battery packs. An automatic charger is also a great investment for ensuring that your charger automatically switches off when it’s done charging, to prevent overcharging.

Can I leave the scooter charging overnight?

We think it’s best to ensure that you unplug your scooter as soon as the battery is full to prevent overcharging. Charging overnight means that you cannot control this, so we wouldn’t recommend it.

How long does it take to get a full charge?

It will usually take anywhere from 3-8 hours to reach a full charge, but this will depend on your exact model and brand.

How much does an electric scooter weigh?

This also depends on the model and brand you pick. You can usually expect your electric scooter to weigh from anywhere in the 12-45 kg range.

What safety equipment do I need?

You should always wear a helmet and gloves to ensure you stay as safe as possible. Any other protective gear is an added bonus and should be worn if you have it. Making sure you stay safe on your electric scooter should be a priority, especially when reaching higher speeds.

Do I need insurance for my electric scooter?

This depends on your state as rules differ from place to place. Be sure to check out your local rules to stay informed.

I don’t have any experience of driving a scooter before, how can I learn?

Practice makes perfect, but there are many guides and manuals out there to help you get to grips with your new scooter. We would always recommend doing a few practice rides at home to make sure you get fully acquainted before hitting the road.

Can I wash my e-vehicle with water?

Yes! Just make sure to not use any high-pressure water to avoid damaging any part of your electric scooter.

Does my scooter come with a user manual?

Yes, your electric scooter will come with a user manual.

Where can I test drive an electric scooter?

At Dubitz we offer a free test drive for any model that we stock so you can make sure it’s the right one for you before purchasing. Come visit us in store to see our electric scooters range for yourself and organise a practice run.

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions, but if we haven’t, be sure to get in touch, we would love to be of help! You can also visit our electric scooter store whenever suits you.