Are Electric Scooters Legal in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, a “Lightweight motorized scooter,” is any 2 wheeled tandem or 3 wheeled device, that has handlebars, with a device weight of 50 pounds or less, designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, powered by a motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion. A lightweight motorized scooter is considered to be a personal micro-mobility device and not a motor vehicle. Electric scooters are limited to 15 miles per hour. A person operating a (lightweight motorized) electric scooter has the right to use all public roads (not highways) and bike paths. Electric scooters can also be operated on sidewalks outside of business district. Helmets are not required by state law. There are not currently any licensing or age restrictions.


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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