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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3252 ..

One particular focus will be integrating the shared e-scooter scheme with public transport and other flexible transport services. We want to make sure that Canberrans are able to ride light rail or catch a bus and then also use e-scooters to connect for the first and last mile, making that easier through better integration with these transport modes across Canberra’s different regions.

Planning for the expansion will include working with the scooter operators to connect town centres via Canberra’s extensive shared path network. We will be using geofencing technology so that people can move between regions safely and without using major arterial roads.

As we look to expand the e-scooter shared scheme, we will also be working with local communities to match the rollout to their specific needs. This will include better understanding of the kinds of trips that people want to make and what tailored safety measures may be needed in different regions of Canberra.

MR PARTON: Minister, are you able to give me an indicative start date for e-scooter share scheme services in Tuggeranong?

MR STEEL: As I have mentioned, we will be rolling these out by the end of 2022. We see this as an important thing to do in order to provide new transport options in parts of Canberra where the scheme is currently not operating. That is particularly in light of the work that the government is doing on disruption—major public and private projects that are being built around the city. We see this as an additional mode of transport, which, hopefully, will provide better connections with our public transport system as well, to provide efficient travel into other parts of Canberra, particularly for commuters, but also for other purposes.

Following the regions I have listed, we will be going to Tuggeranong.

Mr Parton: Point of order. The question was specifically about an indicative start date for Tuggeranong—more clear than “sometime in 2022”. I am not sure that the minister has got to that in his answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: He has a minute to go. He is answering in order.

MR STEEL: Thank you, Madam Speaker; I have answered it.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Access Canberra—services

MS CHEYNE: Just to confirm what I said before in answer to Mrs Jones’s question, the expectation is that driver licence assessments will recommence from next week and, for the benefit of members, learner drivers who had their appointments cancelled due to the lockdown and the restrictions will be prioritised when those assessments recommence. Access Canberra will be directly contacting those drivers. They do not need to contact Access Canberra to rebook.

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