Electric Scooter Laws: Key Insights in Easy-to-Digest Bullet Points (2023)

“Are electric scooters legal?”

Well..it depends. This question is asked time again and with the electric scooter industry on the rise, regulation is hard to keep up with…until now.

Unagi, best known for the Model One with its beautiful finish, tactile refinement, and ultra-stylish command center, has released a new electric scooter laws guide that breaks down everything you need to know.

To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a definitive list of the key takeaways, categorized into 3 groups:

  • Where and how you can ride – sidewalks, streets, and maximum speeds
  • Rider regulations – (registrations, licenses, minimum ages, and helmet requirements)
  • Laws by U.S. state – (in alphabetical order)

Where and How You Can Ride

Electric Scooter Laws: Key Insights in Easy-to-Digest Bullet Points (1)

Streets

  • Street riding is banned in 2 states (including Pennsylvania and Delaware)
  • In almost all cases, scooters are not allowed on streets that have a speed limit above 35 mph

Sidewalks

  • Sidewalk riding is banned in 10 states (including Connecticut, Wisconsin, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington)

Speed Limits

  • Florida and Missouri requires electric scooters have a speed limit of 30 mph
  • Michigan and Oregon require electric scooters have a speed limit of 25 mph
  • The most common speed limit is 20 mph (includes 19 states – Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Tennesse, Virginia, and Wisconsin)
  • New Jersey requires electric scooters have a speed limit of 19 mph
    DC requires electric scooters have a speed limit of 10 mph

Rider Regulations

Electric Scooter Laws: Key Insights in Easy-to-Digest Bullet Points (2)

Licenses and Registration

  • DMV registration is only required in North Carolina
  • 9 states require driver’s licenses to ride an electric scooter (including, Alabama, Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, and North Carolina)

Minimum Age

  • The most common minimum age for riding electric scooters is 16+
  • 5 states require you to be 16+ to ride (including, Arkansas, DC, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio)
  • Utah requires you to be 15+ to ride
  • Virginia requires you to be 14+ to ride
  • Michigan and Minnesota require you to be 12+ to ride

Helmet Requirement

  • Michigan requires riders below the age of 19 to wear a helmet
  • Helmets are commonly required for those below the age of 18
  • 6 states require riders below the age of 18 to wear helmets (including, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota)
  • Louisiana requires riders below the age of 17 to wear a helmet
  • Connecticut and Delaware require riders below the age of 16 to wear helmets

Electric Scooter Laws by U.S. State

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Alabama

  • Alabama legalized electric scooters at the state-level in July 2019
  • In Birmingham, electric scooters are classified as motor vehicles and require registration tags and a motorcycle license
  • In Auburn and Tuscaloosa, scooters aren't street legal

Alaska

  • No regulation directly addresses electric scooters
  • Electric scooters are classified as “motor-driven cycles”
  • As “motor-driven cycles”, their power must not exceed 750W
  • Riders aged between 14 and 15 need an M2 permit
  • Riders aged 16+ need either an M1 or M3 permit
  • M1 and M3 permits need to have been held for 6 months

Arizona

  • In April 2019, electric scooters were legalized (Bill No. SB 1398)
  • Electric scooters need to weigh less than 75 lbs
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • They do not require registration or insurance
  • They can be ridden on sidewalks

Arkansas

  • In July 2019, Arkansas passed the Electric Motorized Scooter Act which legalized and regulated electric scooters
  • They need to weigh less than 100 lbs
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • Despite the classification of a 20 mph top speed, they must not be ridden faster than 15 mph
  • All riders need to be 16+ years old

California

  • In January 2019, California legalized and regulated electric scooters
  • All riders need a driver's license
  • Electric scooters do not need to be registered
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 15 mph
  • They can only be ridden on slow public roads (less than 25 mph speed limits)
  • All riders under 18 need to wear a helmet

Colorado

  • Electric scooters can be ridden on streets with speed limits of 30 mph or less
  • Can be ridden on sidewalks up to 6 mph

Connecticut

  • In 2019, Connecticut legalized electric scooters (Bill No. 7141)
  • All riders under 16 need to wear a helmet
  • Scooters are not allowed on sidewalks
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
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Delaware

  • Electric scooters are regulated the same as motorized skateboards
  • They are not allowed on public roads, streets, or sidewalks
  • All riders under 16 need to wear a helmet

District of Columbia / Washington D.C.

  • In October 2020, electric scooter legislation was passed (Bill No. 50–2201.02)
  • Electric scooters are classified as a “personal mobility device” and must weigh less than 60 lbs
  • Electric scooters are not classified as motor vehicles (Bill No. 50–2201.04a)
  • Riders do not need a license, registration, or insurance
  • Riders need to be 16+ years old
  • Helmets are not required
  • Riders cannot wear headphones
  • Scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks in the central business district.
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 10 mph

Florida

  • Electric scooters were legalized statewide in 2019 (Source)
  • Riders must be 16+ years old
  • Riders don’t need a driver's license
  • Scooters are permitted to operate in bike lanes
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 30 mph

Georgia

  • You can ride electric scooters on bike paths and lanes
  • You can ride electric scooters on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less
  • They must weigh less than 100 lbs
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph

Hawaii

  • There’s no regulation for electric scooters

Idaho

  • The state of Idaho doesn’t have legislation specifically addressing the use of electric scooters
  • Boise and the state of Idaho doesn't require helmets for electric scooters
  • In Boise, they are allowed on streets, sidewalks, and the Greenbelt

Illinois

  • In 2019, electric scooters were classified in their own vehicle category (Bill No. HB1590)
  • Electric scooters have the same rules as bicycles
  • All riders under 17 need to have a driver's license
  • Scooters need to have front and rear lights to ride at night

Indiana

  • In July 2019, Indiana enacted new legislation where scooters must weigh less than 100 lbs and have a maximum speed of 20 mph
  • They can be ridden in the street and on bike paths
  • A license and insurance is not required

Iowa

  • The Iowa state senate introduced a bill in 2019. It has not yet been acted upon
  • The bill proposes that: electric scooters need to weigh less than 100 lbs, have 2 or 3 wheels, handlebars, a deck, and a maximum speed of 20 mph. They will be treated the same as bicycles, meaning you can ride on roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes

Kansas

  • Electric scooters are legalized at the state-level (Source)
  • They can’t be ridden on sidewalks or highways
  • Helmets are not required
  • A driver’s license is required

Kentucky

  • In March 2019, electric scooters were legalized (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 189.289)
  • Riders need to be 16+
  • Electric scooters can be operated on highways, bicycle lanes, and bicycle paths
  • Registration isn’t required
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Louisiana

  • In 2019, electric scooters were legalized at the state-level (LA Rev Stat § 32:300.1)
  • Electric scooters can be ridden on sidewalks, bicycle paths, and streets with a speed limit of less than 25 mph
  • Only one person must ride a scooter at a time
  • All riders under 17 need to wear a helmet

Maine

  • Electric scooters are legal at the state-level
  • Old laws used for mopeds were re-applied to electric scooters
  • Must not go faster than 20 mph and have a motor smaller than 750W
  • Must have a front white light, a red or amber rear light, and reflectors to ride at night
  • Tires need to be smaller than 10 inches
  • A driver’s license is required

Maryland

  • In 2019, stand-up electric scooters were classified as their own vehicle type (Bill No. SB770)
  • Electric scooters are classed as bicycles
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph

Massachusetts

  • Electric scooters are legal at the state-level
  • They are classified in the same category as mopeds (Source)
  • Riders need to wear a helmet
  • A driver's license is required
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph

Michigan

  • Electric scooters are legal (Bill No. HB5643)
  • They are classified in the same category as electric skateboards
  • Motor size must not exceed 2,500W
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 25 mph
  • They can only be ridden by one person at a time
  • They can only be ridden on streets with a speed limit of less than 25 mph
  • Scooters cannot overtake traffic
  • A white front light visible from 500 feet away and a rear reflector visible from 600 feet away is required to ride at night

Minnesota

  • Electric scooters are legal (Source)
  • They are classified as vehicles that riders can stand or sit on, have handlebars, and are powered by an electric motor or internal combustion engine
  • The tires must be smaller than 12 inches
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 15 mph
  • Riders must be 12+ years old
  • Riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet

Mississippi

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Jurisdiction is determined by individual cities and local municipalities

Missouri

  • Electric scooters are legal
  • They are regulated as “motorized bicycles”
  • They can be ridden in the street and on bike lanes
  • A driver's license is required
  • If a scooter goes faster than 30 mph, it will be regulated as a motorcycle

Montana

  • Electric scooters are legal (Source)
  • They are regulated as “motorized bicycles”
  • Adult riders cannot ride on the sidewalk
  • Riders are required to obey traffic controls

Nebraska

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Scooters do not need to be registered
  • Riders are required to obey traffic controls
  • Riding on the sidewalk is banned

Nevada

  • Electric scooters are legal (AB485)
  • They must not exceed 100 lbs
  • They must go slower than 20 mph
  • Riders need to be 16+
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New Hampshire

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Jurisdiction is determined by individual cities and local municipalities

New Jersey

  • In May 2019, New Jersey legalized electric scooters (N.J. Stat. § 39:4-14.16)
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 19 mph
  • Riders are required to obey the same rules as bicycles
  • Scooters can only be ridden on sidewalks if stated by the city or municipality
  • A driver’s license is not required
  • Insurance and registration is not required

New Mexico

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Jurisdiction is determined by individual cities and local municipalities

New York

  • In August 2020, electric scooters were legalized (Source)
  • Riders need to be 16+
  • Riders under 18 are required to wear helmets
  • They can not be ridden on sidewalks
  • They can be ridden on streets that have a speed limit of less than 30 mph
  • Jurisdiction by individual cities and local municipalities and overwrite the state-level laws

North Carolina

  • Electric scooters are classified as vehicles
  • They must be registered with the DMV
  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • They can be ridden on streets that have a speed limit of less than 25 mph

North Dakota

  • There are no laws specifically regulating electric scooters
  • They are classified as mopeds
  • They must not be ridden on sidewalks
  • They must not be ridden on bike paths
  • Electric scooters are required to have brakes, a headlight, and a taillight
  • Riders under 18 must wear a motorcycle helmet

Ohio

  • In January 2021, electric scooters were legalized (Bill No. H.B. 295)
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • They need to be lighter than 100 lbs
  • A drivers license is not required
  • Registration is not required
  • They can be ridden on public roads
  • They need to have front and rear lights for riding at night
  • Riders need to be 16+

Oregon

  • There are no specific electric scooter laws
  • Electric scooters are regulated as mopeds (Or. Rev. Stat. § 801.348)
  • In Portland, they cannot be ridden sidewalks, riders need to be 16+, and the maximum speed must not exceed 15 mph

Pennsylvania

  • Electric scooters are prohibited on public roads
  • In 2019, electric scooter usage guidelines were introduced but have not yet been acted upon (Bill No. 631)

Rhode Island

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Jurisdiction is determined by individual cities and local municipalities
  • Providence requires a valid driver's license or municipal ID
  • Scooters can be ridden on sidewalks and streets
  • Riders are required to obey traffic controls
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South Carolina

  • There are no state-level laws
  • Jurisdiction is determined by individual cities and local municipalities
  • In 2018 and 2019, Charleston and Columbia banned electric scooters

South Dakota

  • There are no state-level laws specifically regulating electric scooters
  • Electric scooters are classified as mopeds – they are required to have mirrors, lights, and brakes, while riders need a license, insurance, and DMV registration
  • Riders are required to wear eye protection
  • Riders under 18 need to wear a helmet

Tennessee

  • In July 2019, Tennessee legalized electric scooters (Tenn. Code § 55-8- 302)
  • They are classified in the same group as e-bikes
  • They must weigh less than 100 lbs
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • Scooters are required to have brakes, as well as front and rear lights or reflectors
  • They are prohibited from sidewalks

Texas

  • There are no state-level laws specifically regulating electric scooters
  • Electric scooters are regulated as mopeds (Texas Transp. Code § 551.351)
  • They must not be ridden on roads with a speed limit greater than 35 mph
  • The motor/s must not exceed 750W
  • A driver’s license is not required
  • Registration is not required

Utah

  • In May 2019, electric scooters were legalized
  • Electric scooters are regulated in the same way as bicycles
  • A driver’s license is not required
  • Registration is not required
  • Scooters can be ridden on roads that have a speed limit of less than 25 mph
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 15 mph
  • Riders under 15 years of age need to be supervised by a parent or guardian

Vermont

  • There are no state-level laws
  • On the city level, they can be ridden on roads but not sidewalks

Virginia

  • In July 2020, electric scooters were legalized (§ 46.2-908)
  • They must weigh less than 100 lbs
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • Riders must be 14+
  • They cannot be ridden on highways

Washington

  • In May 2019, electric scooters were legalized (Washington Rev. Code § 46.20.500)
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 15 mph
  • Reflectors are required while riding at night
  • Riders under 16 years of age cannot ride unless local jurisdiction allows it

West Virginia

  • West Virginia does not have any laws regarding electric scooters

Wisconsin

  • In July 2019, electric scooters were legalized (Act 11)
  • Maximum speed must not exceed 20 mph
  • They need to be lighter than 100 lbs
  • Scooters are prohibited from sidewalks
  • Riders need to obey the same rules as bicycles

Wyoming

  • There are no state-level laws specifically regulating electric scooters
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FAQs

What are the laws on electric scooters? ›

Rental e-scooters in the UK have maximum limits of 15.5mph (24.9km/h), although the most powerful privately-owned e-scooters can reach up to 68 mph (110 km/h). Hire charges vary, but it will typically cost £1 to unlock an e-scooter (using a smartphone app) plus a fee of 14p-20p per minute.

What are the benefits of electric scooters? ›

What are the 9 Benefits of an Electric Scooter Over a Traditional Car?
  • 1 – More Sustainable. ...
  • 2 – Cheaper Purchase Cost. ...
  • 3 – Lower Running Costs. ...
  • 4 – Excellent Accessibility. ...
  • 5 – Easy Storage. ...
  • 6 – Simple Transportation. ...
  • 7 – Higher Security. ...
  • 8 – Health Benefits.

What is the latest law on electric scooters? ›

Maximum Speed: Has a maximum speed not exceeding 15.5mph. Maximum Gross Weight: Has a mass including the battery, but excluding the rider, not exceeding 55kg. Vehicle Tax: Not required. Vehicle Registration: Vehicles required to be registered via VIN and registration mark.

What are the benefits and demerits of using an electric scooter? ›

Top 10 Electric Scooters Pros & Cons:
  • Most economical alternative to petrol. ...
  • Pollution free. ...
  • Perfect for short journeys. ...
  • Affordable cost of maintenance. ...
  • Limited charging facilities. ...
  • Dependency on electricity. ...
  • Limited repair and service stations. ...
  • Slower than normal scooter.
31 Jan 2022

Has electric scooter changed the law? ›

The government will introduce legislation to fully legalise the use of e-scooters as part of a new transport bill announced in the Queen's speech. Although it is currently legal to buy an e-scooter, it is illegal to use a privately owned one on public roads.

Are electric scooters always illegal? ›

Whilst it is legal to buy and sell e-scooters, there are limitations on where they can be used. In 2020, The Electric Scooter Trials and Traffic Signs (Coronavirus) Regulations and General Directions 2020 came into force to enable the rental e-scooter trials to take place.

What are the advantages of electric vehicles? ›

Advantages of Electric Vehicles
  • No fuel required so you save money on gas. Paying $0.10 per kW is the equivalent of driving on gasoline that costs less than $1 per gallon. ...
  • Environmental friendly as they do not emit pollutants. ...
  • Lower maintenance due to an efficient electric motor. ...
  • Better Performance.

What are two advantages of driving a scooter? ›

Here are some of the benefits of owning a scooter to help you decide if it's the right transport option for your needs.
  • Fuel Efficiency. Scooters are extremely fuel-efficient when compared to your average car or truck. ...
  • Save Money. ...
  • Parking Made Easy. ...
  • Make Commutes More Fun. ...
  • Towing Is a Cinch. ...
  • Eco-Friendly. ...
  • Make More Friends.
13 Feb 2020

Why are electric scooters better for the environment? ›

In fact, during the use phase, electric vehicles (including scooters) do not pollute. That's right, there are no CO2 or other polluting emissions – only particles related to braking. This means that the longer electric scooters (or electric cars) are used, the more ecological advantage they get.

Why are electric scooters illegal but not electric bikes? ›

E-bikes are not constrained when used “off road”. You don't need a licence or for the electrically assisted pedal cycle to be registered. E-scooters may not be used in a public place. Ie it is illegal to use them on the road and the pavement.

Can kids use electric scooters? ›

For your child's safety, we recommend only children aged 8 and over, with a maximum weight limit of 60kg or 80kg depending on the model, should ride electric scooters. This is because children of this age have better motor skills and awareness of their surroundings to control the scooter safely.

Can electric scooters go on the road? ›

Privately owned e-scooters are only legal to use on private land. You cannot get insurance to ride these in public spaces. This means they CANNOT be ridden on roads, pavements or any public space.

What are the benefits of using electric scooters over other vehicles or walking? ›

What are the benefits of using electric scooters over other vehicles or walking?
  • Portability. When it comes to portability, the electric scooter is practically unrivalled. ...
  • Quiet. Electric scooters are so quiet that you don't even hear them coming down the street. ...
  • Affordable to run. ...
  • Faster than walking.
1 Jun 2022

How do electric scooters affect the environment? ›

The Environmental Impact of E-Scooters

When they are in use, the environmental impact of an e-scooter is minimal. They produce zero emissions because they run on batteries and go some way in helping to reduce poor air quality and urban congestion.

Is electric scooter good for long distance? ›

As we can see for so many factors, electric scooters are not the best option for long-distance travel if you consider traveling more than 100km. Generally, electric bikes can be a better option if you are habituated to pedaling bikes.

Do police enforce e-scooter laws? ›

Anyone using a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, has to comply with the relevant road traffic legislation or they face potential prosecution.

How fast do electric scooters go? ›

Most electric scooters have top speeds of 15-25 mph (24-40 kph). Plenty enough to get from A to B in good time. If someone thinks this is too slow, it is faster than the average commuter biker manages.

What is the advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles? ›

Pros and cons of electric cars
Pros of electric carsCons of electric cars
Electric cars are energy efficientElectric cars can't travel as far
Electric cars reduce emissions"Fueling" takes longer
Electric cars require lower maintenanceElectric cars are sometimes more expensive
6 Oct 2022

Why electric vehicles are the future? ›

The increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road will reduce the demand for millions of barrels of oil in the future. Eco-friendly savings on CO2 emissions: Shifting to electric mobility will help India save nearly one giga tonne of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

What is the main benefit of driving? ›

Freedom and Independence

Knowing or learning how to drive and owning a car can take you places and can make you feel a sense of freedom. You can go on a peaceful and safe road trip or travel alone to give yourself time from everything and everyone.

Why are electric scooters better than cars? ›

Perfect for Short-distance Trips

However, cars are rather inconvenient to use in short distance trips in terms of parking, fuel, and cost. E-scooters fill this gap in personal transport and provide a quick and efficient way to travel to nearby locations. Moreover, they help solve first and last-mile concerns.

Why are scooters safer? ›

It's easy to assume scooters are safer due to their smaller size and lower speed, but this is a misconception. The truth is that scooters can be just as dangerous as motorcycles. The top speed of most electric scooters is 15 miles per hour, while 50 cc scooters (also known as mopeds) can reach 30 to 45 miles per hour.

Why electric scooters are the future? ›

Why? Because e-scooters could expand the distance in which it is reasonable to commute, making more housing accessible to the people who need it. And from a less high-minded perspective, it's impossible to deny that they're huge fun to ride. Despite the legal situation, it is possible to try scooting yourself.

Are electric scooters energy efficient? ›

One study estimates that scooters are more than 1,000% more efficient per mile than the average combustion vehicle based on the energy needed to move them. Even if e-scooters' batteries are powered by a grid that relies on fossil fuels, the emissions per mile from the electricity generation is negligible.

What type of pollution is caused by scooters? ›

Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—a bouquet of carbon gases that are precursors for smog—were on average 124 times higher from an idling two-stroke scooter than for a vehicle from another class.

How safe are electric scooters? ›

They are safe. The average user though... probably not as much. With the increasing popularity of electric scooters, and in particular share scooters, there were some accidents that pointed at the electric scooter as a dangerous vehicle.

Are electric scooters safer than bikes? ›

The results are great news for riders, as the report found that electric scooters were five times less likely to be involved in an incident on the roads than a bicycle. They're also nine times less likely to encounter a collision than a motorbike.

What are electric scooters called? ›

A motorized scooter is a stand-up scooter powered by either a small utility internal combustion engine or a small electric hub motor in its front and/or rear wheel. Classified as a form of micro-mobility, they are generally designed with a large center deck on which the rider stands.

Are electric scooters waterproof? ›

Are all electric scooters waterproof? This is the big question, and in the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. In fact, even if an e-scooter is claimed to be waterproof (or water resistant), many manufacturers will still advise riders to avoid using their products in the rain.

What age are scooters good for? ›

Once they have mastered the skill of balance & coordination, that is when a 2-wheel scooter is on the horizon. Most three wheel scooters have a recommended starting age of 3 years old.

How old are electric scooters? ›

The first electric scooter, available for purchase by consumers, was produced by Peugeot and made available to consumers in 1996. This revolutionary device featured a three horsepower DC motor powered by three nickel-cadmium batteries, providing a total of 18 Volts at 100Ah.

What happens if you get caught on a electric scooter? ›

If caught riding an e-scooter, fines you may receive can include: a Fixed Penalty Notice for no insurance; with a £300 fine and six penalty points.

What happens if a scooter hits your car? ›

It is the scooter rider's responsibility to keep control of the scooter and maintain a safe speed. If the scooter hits a car or the rider accidentally drives into a vehicle, the rider is liable for damages. This is the same as if the scooter rider was driving a car, as they would be liable in that situation as well.

Is it illegal to ride an electric scooter drunk? ›

The prohibition on drink driving applies broadly and because e-scooters are powered by a motor, and not the physical power of the rider, riding one after having a drink could amount to an offence.

Are scooters better for the environment than cars? ›

Eco-Friendly Travel and Consumerism

Scooters produce less carbon pollution than cars because they are smaller and burn less gas. Most scooters do produce slightly higher concentrations of other pollutants that cause smog, but because they produce much less exhaust the total release for these pollutants is also lower.

Are scooters a good form of transportation? ›

Riding a motorized scooter is much better for the environment than driving a car to work. While the average car can only travel 5 or 6 miles on $1 of gasoline, the EcoReco can go up to 500 miles on $1 worth of electricity. You don't need any fuel.

Why are e-scooters a problem? ›

E-scooters are also dangerous because they are not easy to ride safely. E-scooter sharing companies could have made them easier to ride. However, they failed to do this, putting riders and other innocent people in danger.

Is electric scooter pollution free? ›

Particulate Matter is a primary kind of pollution which spreads directly. These pollutants reduce the immunity of human body to fight against respiratory infections such as influenza and pneumonia. They also cause lung irritation and various other respiratory disorders. Electric scooters don't produce such gases.

How many injuries are caused by electric scooters? ›

20 people are injured for every 100,000 e-scooter users

One study by the CDC found that, in Austin, Texas, the rate was equivalent to 20 injuries for every 100,000 e-scooter users. 18- to 29-year-olds were the age group most likely to suffer injury, although this is also the age group that most often use e-scooters.

How long can an electric scooter run? ›

But in general, most electric scooters can go from 10-80 miles (depending on the battery, weight, and other built-in factors) in just one charge. Keep in mind that this depends on the type of electric scooter that you get.

Is electric scooter faster than walking? ›

Are electric scooters faster than walking? The average person walks 3-4 mph (4.8-5.4 km/h) while the average electric scooter can travel at 16 mph (25 km/h), which is quite a big difference.

Is electric scooter good for hilly areas? ›

Many people today use electric scooters as a means of their daily commute to work or to run some small errands in the nearby areas. And people living in hilly areas are concerned whether their electric scooters can climb the steep hilly terrains or not. Short answer: Yes, electric scooters can go uphill.

Can a 14 year old ride an electric scooter? ›

Rental e-scooter trials

Anyone using a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, has to comply with the relevant road traffic legislation or they face potential prosecution. To rent an e-scooter you must: be at least 16 years old. hold the correct driving licence (category Q or P/M)

Can a 12 year old ride an electric scooter? ›

For your child's safety, we recommend only children aged 8 and over, with a maximum weight limit of 60kg or 80kg depending on the model, should ride electric scooters. This is because children of this age have better motor skills and awareness of their surroundings to control the scooter safely.

Are electric scooters street legal in NY? ›

E-scooters are allowed in NYC. They have handlebars and a floorboard or seat, and may be powered by electric and/or human power. You must not operate an e-scooter in excess of 15 MPH. E-scooters may be ridden in bike lanes and on streets with speed limits no greater than 30 MPH.

Are e-scooters safe? ›

The new report has revealed that electric scooters have an incident rate of 0.66 collisions for every million miles travelled, five times lower than bikes, with 3.33 collisions per million miles travelled.

Are electric scooters safe for kids? ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under 16―who are too young to have a driver's license―should not operate or ride on motorized or e-scooters.

What is the speed limit for electric scooters? ›

A new form of transport

Rental e-scooters have specific safety features installed. For example, they are limited to a speed of 12.5mph and have lights that are always on throughout any rental.

Can you ride an electric scooter in the rain? ›

Yes, you can ride electric scooters in the light rain because most are somewhat water-resistant and splash-resistant but not completely waterproof. If you ride the scooter through extreme conditions or submerge it, then the scooter will be rendered inoperable. It will not electrocute you, but it will stop operating.

What happens if you ride an electric scooter over the weight limit? ›

The e-scooter motor, battery, and wheels work together to pull your and your e-scooter weight to move the e-scooter forward. If the rider is heavier or if you overload your e-scooter, these components work twice as hard. As a result, it uses more power, depleting the battery faster and producing a shorter range.

What happens if you overweight electric scooter? ›

Your battery will run out faster

As the motor has to work harder to move more weight, more power will be needed to achieve the same speed as with a lighter rider. This directly affects the battery range which is another reason we don't recommend entry-level scooters for individuals that fall into this group.

Can a 3 year old use a scooter? ›

Three wheelers have the benefit of stabilizing the child's ride so they don't have to. Once they have mastered the skill of balance & coordination, that is when a 2-wheel scooter is on the horizon. Most three wheel scooters have a recommended starting age of 3 years old.

What age is electric scooter for? ›

The recommended age to ride a powered scooter is now 8-years old and above. If your child is under this bracket, think before you decide if they are ready to handle a powered device. See how well they perform on a manual kick scooter and consider their size, weight and ability to handle a powered scooter independently.

How does an electric scooter work? ›

In the simplest terms, the throttle commands the scooter to accelerate at a certain speed. Pressing the throttle sends a signal to the controller via cables. The controller then instructs the battery to release more power to the motor. And finally, the motor responds by propelling the scooter forward.

Can you use electric scooters on the road? ›

Anyone using a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, has to comply with the relevant road traffic legislation or they face potential prosecution. To rent an e-scooter you must: be at least 16 years old. hold the correct driving licence (category Q or P/M)

Do electric scooters need to be registered? ›

The DVLA requires electric vehicles to be registered and taxed in order to use the road. However, because the adult electric scooter falls within the PLEV category (Personal Light Electric Vehicle) its power and low maximum speed mean it cannot be used on public roads in the UK. This rule also extends to pavements.

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