A ban on skateboards and scooters in the central business district is making the streets safer for all pedestrians, Dubbo City Council’s Michael Ferguson says.
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Council has looked to step up its enforcement of the ban this school holiday period and Mr Ferguson said young people are taking heed.

Ranger patrols and a $55 impoundment fee were council’s tandem strategy to stop children from using their skateboards, scooters or bicycles on main street footpaths.

Pedestrian safety was at the forefront of the council policy, Mr Ferguson said.

Numbers of children on skateboards and scooters increase during school holidays.

The past two holiday periods have seen council also tighten the enforcement of the ban, with council staff warning that users risked being slapped with a $110 fine and their skateboard or other item confiscated.

Mr Ferguson reported that eight scooters and one pushbike had been confiscated during the Easter school holidays.

Impounding fees are $55 and $3 for each day spent confiscated.

Mr Ferguson said the policy was effective.

“I went for a walk and there were a number of kids walking their bikes or scooters, instead of riding them,” he said.

Rangers doing foot patrols had found children were generally complying with requests to hop off as well, he said.

They were assisted by parking patrol officers.

“This policy is there to help ensure the safety of shoppers particularly elderly shoppers,” he said.

“People can unknowingly walk out of a shop and kids are flying past.”

Council reminded skaters and cyclists that there were designated skate and scooter areas in the city, including the skate park and BMX track.

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