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What Are The Rules In The US For Electric Scooters?

So let’s get to the all-important question – Are Electric scooters legal in America?

The answer is yes; however, there are electric scooter laws you still need to know and follow, and each state has slightly different laws that you need to abide by.

Electric scooters are street-legal in the US, but you cannot simply hop on one without knowing and following the rules of the road. Unfortunately, traffic laws for e-scooters are not as clear to riders as they should be.

It can all become confusing as electric scooter laws differ from state to state. They don’t require riders to pass an e-scooter specific DMV test; people can get away with riding them without particular knowledge of motorised scooter laws. In this article, we will try and clear some of the confusion.

Rental electric scooters vs privately owned scooters

Electric scooters have taken the US by storm, especially public share rentals run by rental companies such as Bird, Lime and Spin. These rentals are authorised explicitly by particular city authorities. Rental electric scooters are highly regulated and have special permission to operate in certain states.

But what about if you want the convenience of owning and using your own electric scooter where you live or work? Unfortunately, the state of electric scooter law is only just beginning to emerge in the United States and varies from state to state and even city to city. To shed more light on the matter, let’s look at an overview of federal legislation.

Federal Consumer Law – Safety Standards

Under the HR 727 amendment of the Consumer Product Safety Act, “low-speed bicycles,” or “two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of fewer than 750 watts, whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph” is considered legal. While no equivalent law exists for electric scooters, it’s generally accepted for e-scooters to fall under this category.

E-scooters, therefore, are allowed on roads with or without bicycle lanes as long as they are running under 25 mph. Riders must stay close to the curb and follow driving and traffic rules like driving on the right side of the road, observing traffic signals, and yielding to pedestrians.

Remember that each state has its own set of laws governing the use of e-scooters on public roads. So, You will also need to familiarise yourself with these state-specific rules.

Where exactly are electric scooters “street legal” in the US?

Electric scooters are street-legal in 38 US states, while another ten states have deemed them not to be street-legal. While electric scooters are street-legal in a majority of the states, some states have applied different laws to where and how scooters can be operated while on public roadways.

Four of the states – California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York, do not allow scooters on highways, expressways, or limited-access roads due to most scooters not being able to reach safe enough speeds to keep up with the traffic.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, and Virginia have added the stipulation that while scooters are street-legal, they must stay to the right side of the road while being ridden.

States where electric scooters are street-legal

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (except freeways/expressways)
  • Colorado (except interstate or limited-access roads)
  • Connecticut (must stay to the right)
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana (must stay to the right)
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine (must stay to the right)
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts (except interstate or limited-access roads; must stay to the right)
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York (except interstate or limited-access roads)
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (must stay to the right)
  • West Virginia

States where electric scooters are not street-legal

  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Can electric scooters be ridden on sidewalks?

Electric scooters can legally be ridden on sidewalks in only five states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

While a majority of the states expressly state that scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, the laws in 19 states fail to mention sidewalk use at all. Many states consider electric scooter speeds to be too dangerous for sidewalks where pedestrians, bicyclists, or even the scooter users themselves could be injured in an accident.

Rules for streets

You will find that in almost all cases, scooters are not allowed on high-speed streets (streets with a speed limit above 35 mph, for example). However, few scooter riders will want to do this anyway.

And again, only Pennsylvania and Delaware actually ban scooters on streets. You might be surprised to hear that cool niche communities are developing for high-speed scooters, but the majority of people are happy to ride at 15 mph or 20 mph.

Rules for speed limits

Maximum speed is one of the most commonly enforced rules for electric scooters. The most common speed limit is 20 mph, which many may not expect, coming from the shared scooter model where scooters are almost universally regulated at top speeds of 10-15 miles per hour.

Do electric scooters require a license, registration, or insurance?

The great news for electric scooters is that they only require DMV registration in one state, North Carolina. Nine states have decided to require driver’s licenses to ride a kick scooter, as well. However, this does not apply to other types of electric scooters or mopeds, which would require a license and/or registration.

Do I need insurance for my electric scooter? In the United States, local and federal transportation agencies do not currently require riders of electric scooters to carry insurance. Riders are only required by law to have a valid drivers’ license. The only places that legally require you to have electric scooter insurance are the state of Illinois in the US the state of Texas in the US if the power of the electric scooter’s motor surpasses 750 Watts.

Nine states have required driver’s licenses to operate an electric scooter to produce some order in the chaos. Still, this method is unlikely to become the norm, given the special power of micro-mobility to give people access to opportunities who cannot afford a car.

Minimum age and helmet requirements

The minimum age for electric scooter riding varies from State to State, although the most common age agreed upon in the nation is 16 years old and above. States like Michigan and Minnesota have an age restriction of 12 and above to ride an electric scooter.

Most states have a minimum rider age of 16, and states also often require a helmet for minors under 18. Others have extended this law to require helmets for all ages, and even if you are not legally obligated to wear a helmet, it is still highly recommended for your safety.

You can get a restricted driver’s license from the age of 16, so it is easy to see why this is the most common age restriction in the nation. To ensure that you are of the appropriate age to use an electric scooter, you need to ensure that you abide by your local and state laws.

When it comes to safety regulations, you should note that it is strongly suggested that you wear a helmet at all times, especially for riders under the age of 18; this law was extended to include the electric scooter and not just mopeds. Therefore, it is expected of you to take the necessary precautions. Even when riding a bicycle, ensuring your safety on the road should be one of your main priorities.

No governing body recommends that a rider not wear a helmet, and quite notably (as is also the case with bicycles), riders are trusted to make responsible decisions for their health and wear a helmet.

The final word on riding on sidewalks

Two States have currently banned electric scooters from being able to ride in the streets. These States are Pennsylvania and Delaware. You will have to ride your e-scooter on the sidewalk in these states.

Only being permitted to ride on the sidewalks places a slight restriction as you will not move as freely as those who are allowed to travel on roads.

Beware of pedestrians if you are travelling on the sidewalk, and remember to adhere to the speed limit of the state you are in. These rules are subject to change. To ensure that you are reading the most up-to-date version, you should check your local and state laws. Electric scooters are here to stay, but make sure that your scooter journeys are equally safe and fun by adhering to the rules in place.

Scooter Laws By State

States with the most established electric scooter legislation

It’s fair to say that some states have been quicker than others to pick up on the electric scooter trend and to legislate for it so that people know how and where they can use electric scooters. Let’s take a look at what some US states legislate regarding e-scooters.

Some states have no specific e-scooter laws but class them as motor vehicles; for example, like mopeds, this can entail requirements for insurance and licence, but it may, well in practice, prove impossible to obtain such things.

All of which throws into relief the impressive efforts the following states have made to clarify the legal position of e-scooters and facilitate their daily use. The following states have very clear laws regarding motorised scooters and operating electric scooters.

California

California was one of the first states to respond to the e-scooter craze, and the California Vehicle Code has clear cur rules and regulations that are easy to follow.

Max speed

Most states set their e-scooter speed limit at 20 mph, a few going for 15mph, and California is in the latter camp. CVC §22411 regulates the e-scooter speed, and going over it can result in a 250 ticket.

Where are they allowed?

E-scooters must be ridden in bike lanes (or bikeways, bike paths, bicycle paths etc.) whenever one is available.

The law only allows for four exceptions to riding in a Class II bike lane:

  • While passing another vehicle or pedestrian,
  • When completing a left-hand turn,
  • To avoid debris or other hazards in the bike lane, or
  • When turning right.

They are expressly prohibited from sidewalks and crosswalks.

You cannot operate a motorised scooter on a highway with a speed limit in excess of 25 miles per hour unless the motorised scooter is operated within a Class II or Class IV bikeway, except that a local authority may, by ordinance or resolution, authorise the operation of a motorised scooter outside of a Class II or Class IV bikeway on a highway with a speed limit of up to 35 miles per hour.

The 15 miles per hour maximum speed limit for operating a motorised scooter specified in Section 22411 applies to the operation of a motorised scooter on all highways, including bikeways, regardless of a higher speed limit applicable to the highway.

Do I need a licence and how old must I be?

Operators must be at least 16 years old and have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. Tickets for contravening this are usually around 200.

E-scooters, though, are exempt from registration, and license plate requirements, and, for those purposes, says the vehicle code ’a motorised scooter is not a motor vehicle.

Michigan

Within Michigan, electric scooter riders are classified under the same rules as electric skateboards. They cannot exceed 25 mph, nor can they surpass 2500W of motor power.

Electric kick scooters must stay on streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less. The scooter should be equipped with a white front light that is visible from 500 ft and a rear reflector visible from 600 ft away.

Are helmets mandatory?

According to Michigan electric scooter laws, only a scooter or electric skateboard operator who is under 19 years of age must “wear a crash helmet on his or her head.” (MCL 257.658(4))

Where are they allowed?

Electric scooters are allowed on public roads but must do the following:

  • Drive as far to the right side of the road as possible.
  • Not ride more than two abreast.
  • Use a designated path when required by a local ordinance to do so.
  • Not pass between lanes of traffic. (MCL 257.660(1), (2), (3) and (4))

Unusually you can ride on a sidewalk but must “yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian”, and you must “give an audible signal before overtaking and passing the pedestrian.” (MCL 257.660(5).

Do I need a licence/insurance?

It appears licences and insurance are not needed as only vehicles defined in Michigan’s No-Fault auto insurance law must be covered by licencing and car insurance. Electric scooters do not meet the definition of a “motor vehicle”.

Is there an age limit for riding on electric scooters?

Yes. Under Michigan electric scooter laws, kids under 12 cannot ride an electric scooter or electric skateboard “on a public highway or street.” (MCL 257.658(9)

New York

New York state has had a turbulent history regarding explicit bans of various kinds of electric micro-mobility.

However, as of 2020, riders can once again operate electric scooters that can travel up to 20 mph on the streets of NYC, granted that they’re over 16 years old and wear helmets if they’re under 18.

Main rules and regulations now include the following:

  • E-scooters must weigh less than 100lbs
  • They can be used on roads with posted limits of 30mph or less and on greenways and bike paths (New York State has over 1200 miles of multi-use trails, which can be used by e-scooters unless locally disallowed). They can’t be used on sidewalks unless locally authorised
  • If under 18, helmet wearing is mandatory
  • Local municipalities can opt-out / disallow e-scooters

Closing Комментарии и мнения владельцев

Before you decide to ride a privately owned electric scooter anywhere in America, first check the local laws and the specific rules and regulations of the state and city you are in. While some states are to be commended in clarifying the lines on what is and isn’t allowed on an e-scooter, not all 50 states have reached the same level yet.

Do some research at the state, county, and local level before you rent or purchase a scooter of your own. If the laws aren’t clearly defined, see if you can reach out to your legislators or any local groups advocating for clear laws to be made.

As always, remain safe above all else, and have fun while you ride!

Q Runner Electric Transport Scooter By Green Transporter

Are you looking for a mobility scooter that is a little different from the norm? What about one with a backup camera, windshield wiper, a USB/Bluetooth, and one that is enclosed? Introducing the incredible one of a kind Green Transporter Q Runner Electric Scooter.

This scooter is unmatched by any other product available today and raises the bar for luxury. You don’t have to worry about the sun or other environmental factors when using this vehicle for a ride outside.

FEATURING A STYLISH DIGITAL DASH, MULTI-MEDIA PLAYER, AND MANY Windows

It’s essential that you can open the Windows of an enclosed 4-wheel mobility scooter so that a draft can enter when you’re riding. The doors of the Q Runner have two roll-down side Windows, a sunroof, and even an opening back window. Additionally, it has a stylish digital dash with a mileage, speed, and battery gauge display.

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Lets face it, riding in silence when traveling is not fun. With the Q Runner, you won’t have to worry about that problem. Listen to all of your favorite songs and jam out in style with the multimedia player that is also included with this enclosed unit. You can start your trip off by pairing your Bluetooth device or by syncing your music using the USB connector.

LONGER BATTERY LIFE, 3 SPEED SETTINGS, A ROOMY CAPACITY FOR 2 PEOPLE

You may travel for up to 25–35 miles on a single charge with the batteries, which allows you to stay active all day long. You can quickly reach where you need to go because of its outstanding top speed of 18 mph.

The Q Runner has plenty of space as well. You don’t have to enjoy this electric scooter vehicle alone thanks to its rear seats, 550 lbs weight capacity, and other features. The closest thing to an electric car you can find is this mobility device!

GREAT QUALITY SUSPENSION:

The Q Runner is unlike any other product on the market currently when it comes to quality. This device genuinely resembles a little electric car thanks to its complete lighting system, which includes twin LED headlights with high and low beams, tail lights, and even turn signal lights.

When driving a vehicle this size, a suspension is required. Due to the incorporated dampening suspension of this mobility scooter, you will experience one of the smoothest rides imaginable. Additionally, this unit is distributed by Green Transporter, a business that is surely establishing itself in the mobility industry.

Green Transporter Q Runner Benefits Features:

Model No Q Runner
Size: 90 x 46 x 63 (LWH)
Motor power: 1200W
Battery: 60V 45AH Lead Acid
Max speed 18 mph
Wheelbase 1580mm
Tire 125/65-12
Tricycle weight 600 lbs
Brake system Front and rear disc brake
Range: 25-35 miles
Max Load: 550 lbs
LCD Instrument Panel Yes
Back Up Camera Yes
Roll Down Front Windows Yes
Heater Yes
Radio USB/Bluetooth/AUX
Rear Bench Seat: 34 x 15
Ground Clearance: 6.5
Bench Height from floor: 16
Between seat and bench: 12
Max Incline: 25 degrees
Suspension: Integral Damping
Brake: Disc

Green Transport Q Runner Warranty:

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Why is the Q Runner so popular?

There’s a reason why the Q Runner is often out of stock. it’s light years ahead in so many ways. It’s fully enclosed, making it safer and more comfortable than traditional mobility scooters, with the interior often compared to luxury vehicles 10x it’s price. It is also one of the few mobility scooters that can hold an extra passenger. ideal for if you want to ride with a friend or spouse. It has all the benefits of an electric car, without all the hassle, cost and space taken up in the garage! Because it’s a mobility scooter, you do not need a drivers license to operate it as it’s not street legal, and should only be driven on the side of roads (bike lanes) and sidewalks. Disclaimer: This is not legal advice and you should consult your lawyer or city official to confirm where you can operate the Q Runner given the rules of your state.

With roll down front Windows, a rear window, defroster, and a back up camera for added safety, this vehicle is perfect for any adventure. Entertainment is also a priority with a radio featuring USB, Bluetooth, and AUX capabilities. The Q Runner vehicle is perfect for those who want style, safety, and performance all in one.

Upgrade Information

The advantages of upgrading to a lithium battery include possible increases in performance in high temperatures, acceleration, battery life and extended driving range. Since lithium upgrades are a brand new addition, the exact increases of each of those attributes provided by lithium are still undetermined.

Changing the steering or battery may delay shipping times.

Product Features

Battery: 60V 45aH Lead Acid (expected lifespan = 2 years)

While many tout e-scooters’ convenience, others worry about safety

Businesses owners and a councillor in Oshawa are calling on the city to pump the brakes on an electric scooter pilot project, citing concerns over safety and a lack of proper infrastructure.

In April, the City of Oshawa chose e-scooter companies Bird Canada and Neuron Mobility to deliver a two year ride-sharing pilot program at no cost to the city, after opting into the Ministry of Transportation’s program that permits e-scooters on roads.

Since then, the e-scooters, which can drive on road with a speed limit of 50 km/h or lower, have been seen across the city. They are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks and do not need to be dropped off in a designated charging area.

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Erik Tamm, owner of Oshawa Markets, is among those calling for a pause on the project.

We really were left in the dark about how the program is going to work and we haven’t really gotten any answers since, Tamm told CBC News.

‘It’s become a real problem,’ says business owner

Tamm said he was surprised to see eight such scooters sitting on his property when he showed up to work in late April.

Located across from a retirement home, Tamm says his market is a fully accessible building that caters to senior customers. The scooters often get left in the middle of the sidewalk and can block entrances and ramps, he said.

He says he once found a scooter in his dumpster and saw one parked in the middle of the parking lot, creating a risk for vehicle drivers trying to park.

It’s become a real problem for us.

He also has concerns about insurance and accessibility liability. And he wonders why the e-scooters are allowed to be on private property.

That’s like me going to another business and setting up a market on their front lawn, taking all the money that I make, and leaving, he said.

Councillor calls for temporary suspension

The number of complaints Coun. Rosemary McConkey says she receives daily is why she is speaking up about temporarily suspending the program while the city gathers further information on how the pilot is going.

It makes sense that micromobility is an idea that a lot of people are in favour of. It gets the cars off the roads, reduces pollution, all good stuff. But the safety is the big issue right now, McConkey said.

The city’s website says vendors use geofence technology to determine where riders are and prevent them from parking or forcing them to slow down in certain parts of the city. But McConkey says she isn’t sure if that’s actually happening.

Last Monday, she put forward a motion to council to pause the program so that council could thoroughly review and look at different infrastructure options. But the motion wasn’t heard after eight out of 10 councillors voted against it.

CBC News has reached out to Oshawa’s mayor and the councillors who voted against hearing the motion but has not received a response.

Hopefully at a certain point, the message will get through, she said.

For McConkey, discussing the program is even more important following the death of a 20-year-old woman struck by a pick-up truck while riding an e-scooter on a sidewalk in Oshawa on May 17.

Durham Regional Police are investigating the incident.

My heart goes out to that family.

‘Convenient’ transportation for students

The ability to gor further for cheaper is what makes the e-scooters appealing on the Durham Campus, according to Aakash Chib, who was elected as the student governor for the 2023-2024 board year.

He said a number of students use them as it’s more convenient to tap a credit card and hop on a scooter than wait a half hour or more for a bus.

I love to ride it. It’s pretty convenient for everyone, said Chib.

As for the safety aspect of the e-scooters, he said they don’t go any faster than a bike, and motorists have for the most part been respectful of them on the road.

All the drivers are concerned about us. Whenever they see us, they just move away, said Chib.

Advocates for electric scooters have noted benefits of the vehicle include low operating costs, easy repair and maintenance, and being more a sustainable, relatively eco-friendly, alternative to driving.

Electric scooters in other cities

Back in 2021, Toronto city council unanimously voted not to opt in to the provincial e-scooter pilot program and banned e-scooters in the city. Council found significant accessibility barriers with the project and that safety, enforcement, insurance and liability issues were unresolved.

The City of Windsor, however, has moved ahead with plans to expand e-scooter services after council voted to allow Bird Canada to continue operating in the city for three years after an initial two-year pilot project downtown.

In April of this year, the Region of Waterloo launched its e-scooter and e-bike program. Riders can rent the vehicles at virtual stations installed in the downtown core.

The City of Hamilton and the City of Brampton also have e-scooter rental programs.

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