Last weekend, hundreds of car enthusiasts came together to Canberra’s Lonsdale Street. In addition to the illegal event forcing road closures and leading to cars being impounded, some attendees were filmed doing burnouts on e-scooters. Beam, the electric scooter rental company, is working to identify those individuals to refer them to the police.
At the event, tire smoke was a common sight, with one of the men filming remarking about the smell. Men were also filmed abusing police and drinking heavily while driving.
Tom Cooper, from Beam, released a statement regarding the illegal and potentially damaging activity: “We’re certainly aware over the weekend that some people did misuse the scooters, and we’re actively investigating. Anyone found to be misusing them can and will be banned. We’re internally collecting all the information, and then we’ll take it to police.”
Detective Inspector Adrian Craft from ACT Policing told ABC News that the illegal activity with the e-scooters can be easily investigated: “People should also understand that when they use those sorts of devices for things like that, you do have to scan in your credit card and all your details at the start, so it’s fair to say that it’s reasonably easy to identify the people who are responsible for those sorts of things. “If the scooter companies care to come forward to us and to have discussions about that, then it’s reasonably easy for us to chase those sorts of things up.”
The detective noted that most residents of Canberra use the e-scooters responsibly. For the few that take advantage of the system, it’s disappointing and can ruin it for others. All in all, Craft wants people to understand that e-scooters are not toys.
E-scooters were only recently introduced to Canberra streets. Beam has built a team from across the Asia Pacific region, currently serving cities in Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. The company’s e-scooter, the Beam Saturn, was designed to be as safe as possible.
The company notes that if a rider is in an accident while riding an electric scooter, they should seek medical attention first and follow up with the company by submitting an incident message. Beam provides personal accident insurance for all registered riders under the age of 70. The minimum age to ride is 16, but children 12 or older may ride if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.