Are Electric Scooters Legal in Maryland?

Electric (low speed) scooters are considered bicycles for the purposes of Maryland Vehicle law. Scooters and bicycles are both considered motor vehicles. They must be driven on a bike path if available but can be driven on roads or sidewalks. All rules of the road apply (riding on the right side of the road, stopping at red lights, turning signals, ect.).


Riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet. Motorized cycles cannot be designed to go above 20 mph. 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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