Any wheeled device on the road is regarded the same as pedestrians under the road rules. This includes skateboards, rollerblades, children’s scooters, pedal cars or tricycles – any wheeled toys.
As well as general pedestrian rules, there are also additional rules that parents should know and ensure that their child not only knows, but understands. Most of the suggestions we outline for walking and road safety as well as bicycle road safety also apply to wheeled toys.
Road safety for children on skateboards, scooters and wheeled toys
Below are some tips for children using a range of wheeled toys and devices near roads.
- Wheeled devices or toys cannotbe used:
- on a road with a speed limit of more than 60 km/h
- on a road with a dividing line or median strip or
- on a one-way road with more than one marked lane
- They must keep to the left on footpaths and shared paths and give way to pedestrians.
- Unless a sign prohibits it, a person on roller blades, roller skates or a similar wheeled device can ride on a bicycle path or separated footpath designed for the use of bicycles, but must give way to any bicyclist.
- It is an offence (and extremely dangerous) to hold on to a moving vehicle
- Correct fitting helmets must be worn
Make sure your children know the road rules when they are using a skateboard or scooter or similar device with wheels. This means they are in the best position to prevent any injury to themselves or to others. www.darshandrivingschool.com.au