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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Houston?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Houston follows Texas state laws for electric scooter operation, without specific city guidelines. Electric scooters are classified as two-wheeled devices with a platform for standing and are powered by rechargeable electric motors, with a legal operation speed of up to 15 mph. Operators do not need a driver's license, vehicle registration, or insurance. While scooters are allowed on both roads and sidewalks, local authorities can regulate the safe operation of electric scooters and their use on public properties. Helmets are not mandated by state law, but they are advised for safety. The guidelines promote responsible riding according to standard traffic rules and regulations.

There are no specific city guidelines. Follow the rules and regulations from the state.

State regulations: Fully legal. In Texas, an electric scooter is defined as a two-wheeled device that has a floorboard designed for the rider to stand upon while riding. An electric scooter is designed to transport one person at a time and has a rechargeable electric motor that can power it to speeds up to about 15 mph.

Under Texas law, riders do not need a driver’s license, registration, or insurance to operate an electric scooter. Scooters can be driven on roads or sidewalks. There are no statewide helmets laws. E-scooters are considered motor vehicles.

Other regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

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