TORONTO — It’s common knowledge that in most countries you need a driver’s license to drive, but police in Australia are adding a new type of transport to the list of vehicles: motorized coolers.
According to a Facebook postSwan Hill Police Service last week pulled over a 25-year-old man who was driving a “motorized eski on the sidewalk in Victoria Street Kerrang”.
Esky refers to an Australian brand of portable coolers. A photo of a motorized cooler shows a bright blue cooler sitting on a metal platform with four wheels, an engine at the rear and a set of what looks like a bike handlebar, with the cooler appearing as a temporary vehicle seat . The whole thing seems smaller than a lawn tractor.
Police said the driver of the cooler did not have a driver’s license and, in fact, had never held one. He said the driver passed the breath analyzer test and was not intoxicated.
“This motorized eSky is considered a vehicle due to size/engine capacity and must comply with legal requirements and road rules,” the police statement said.
The cooler has been confiscated for 30 days, and the driver is charged with driving without a license and driving an “unregistered motor vehicle.”
Police added a link to a website that explained the laws surrounding hoverboards, Segways and other personal mobility devices in Australia. Motorized personal mobility devices were defined as self-balancing and had either a wheel or wheels in a “side-by-side configuration”, and to be used on roads or sidewalks to meet registration and licensing requirements. are necessary for.
Although several examples were listed, motorized coolers were not visible.