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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Boston?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters are legally permitted in Boston when operated in compliance with both state and federal regulations. Operators must hold a valid driver's license or learner's permit. Scooters need to be equipped with proper brake lights, and additional operational stop and turn signals. Scooter use on public roadways is allowed except on express state highways; however, they must adhere to the same traffic laws applicable to motor vehicles, remaining on the right side of the road even when overtaking. Electric scooters cannot be used from sunset to sunrise. Helmet use is mandatory for all riders regardless of age, and carrying passengers is prohibited.

  • Legal. Abide by state and federal guidelines. Must have a drivers license or learners permit to operate a scooter. Scooter must be equipped with brake lights. Motorized or electric scooter riders must have valid driver’s licenses or learner’s permits.

  • No motorized scooter may travel faster than 20 miles per hour.

  • Motorized scooter riders have a right to use all public roadways, other than express state highways.

  • Scooter riders must obey all applicable traffic laws and regulations.

  • Riders must keep to the right side of the road at all times, including while passing motor vehicles.

  • Motorized scooters must have operational stop and turn signals.

  • It is illegal to operate a motor scooter after sunset or before sunrise.

  • All motorized scooter riders must wear helmets.

  • No motorized or electric scooter rider may ride with a passenger.

Max Speed

20 mph

Minimum Age

16 years (Based on standard driver's license or learner's permit age requirement in Massachusetts)

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