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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Maryland?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Maryland, electric scooters are treated akin to bicycles under vehicle laws, and they must adhere to the same road rules, including riding on the right side, obeying traffic signals, and using turn signals. Scooters may use bike lanes or paths when available, with the option to ride on roads or sidewalks as regulated by local jurisdictions. Safety equipment such as helmets is required for riders under the age of 18. Furthermore, local governments may impose additional regulations regarding scooter operation and their presence on public premises.

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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Minimum Age

No specific minimum age for operating electric scooters provided, but age restrictions may be imposed by local regulations. Helmet requirement applies to riders under 18.

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under the age of 18

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