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Beam Mobility launch safety campaign for National Road Safety Week, encouraging riders to behave using service

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton’s e-scooter service Beam Mobility have issued 392 strikes and 133 bans since the launch of the trial in August last year.
Camera IconGeraldton’s e-scooter service Beam Mobility have issued 392 strikes and 133 bans since the launch of the trial in August last year. Credit: Laurie Benson/RegionalHUB

Geraldton’s e-scooter service Beam Mobility have issued 392 strikes and 133 bans since the launch of the trial in August last year, with riders clocking up more than 300,000km around Geraldton since the service was launched.

Beam Mobility has launched an e-scooter safety campaign for National Road Safety Week, encouraging safe and responsible riding when using the service.

Beam has permanently banned one person from the app since the latest serious incident in Geraldton when a 25-year-old man riding a Beam e-scooter and not wearing a helmet crashed into a vehicle and was flown to Perth for medical assistance in March.

With the safety campaign running from Sunday, May 14-21, the e-scooter company reiterated six key riding rules: wear a helmet, don’t ride and use a mobile, don’t ride intoxicated, one rider per scooter, give way to pedestrians and park responsibly.

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service has transported a male patient from Geraldton with head injuries after an electric scooter and a Suzuki Baleno hatchback collided last night. Pictured - The patient arrives at Jandakot Airport
Camera IconThe Royal Flying Doctor Service has transported a male patient from Geraldton with head injuries after an electric scooter and a Suzuki Baleno hatchback collided in March. Pictured: The patient arrives at Jandakot Airport Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times

On average, 150 riders a month are barred from the Beam app by Rider Check, a cognitive response test active on Friday and Saturday nights.

Geraldton police claimed they would be actively issuing on the spot fines to e-riders for not following the rules, but have declined to provide how many fines had been handed out since.

According to Beam, one out of 100,000 trips on a Beam e-scooter ends in a reported hospitalisation, and riders risk being barred from the app for repeated rule breaking with Beam’s three-strike policy.

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