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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Hawaii?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Hawaii, the laws governing the operation of electric scooters equate them closely with bicycles. Riders are obliged to adhere to traffic regulations applicable to bicycles and are prohibited from riding electric scooters on sidewalks. For safety, helmets are compulsory for all individuals under the age of 16. During hours of dusk to dawn, electric scooters must be equipped with proper lighting and reflective materials to ensure visibility. The regulation of electric scooters is within the purview of local authorities, who may impose restrictions on their use in public spaces including roadways and bikeways, set speed limits, and implement additional safety measures.

In Hawaii, electric foot scooter share the same rights as bicycles. All riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. Scooters are not allowed to be ridden on sidewalks. Lamps and reflective material are required when operated from the hours of dusk to dawn.

Local authorities regulate the operation of the electric foot scooters with regard to, but not limited to:

  • their operation upon roadways, in bikeways, bicycle paths and on sidewalks;
  • restrictions on maximum speed;
  • and other safety considerations.

There is currently legislation proposed to change the minimum age from fourteen years of age to eighteen years of age.

Max Speed

Varies by local jurisdiction. Generally, electric scooters should not exceed bicycle speed limits or the designated speed limit set for them by local ordinances, which is often around 15-20 mph.

Minimum Age

No statewide minimum age requirement is established for electric scooter riders; however, individual counties or cities within Hawaii may enact specific minimum age laws. The previously proposed legislation intending to raise the minimum age from fourteen to eighteen years is subject to change depending on legislative decisions.

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for all riders under the age of 16.

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