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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Mississippi?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Mississippi, electric scooters, referred to as 'Electric Stand-Up Scooters', must weigh under 100 pounds and can have two or three wheels. They must be equipped with a handlebar and a floorboard for standing while riding, powered by an electric motor, and cannot exceed a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. Operators of these scooters have comparable rights and responsibilities as bicycle riders and are permitted to ride on sidewalks, bicycle paths, and on roads where bicycles are allowed. Individuals must be at least the age sufficient for operating an automobile to ride electric scooters, and they are not permitted to ride above 15 miles per hour. Electric scooters are not classified as motor vehicles within Mississippi. Municipalities have the authority to regulate the operation of electric scooters and their use on public property.

In Mississippi, electric scooters or "Electric Stand-Up Scooters" are defined as devices that: 

  • Weighs less than one hundred pounds (100 lbs); 
  • Has two (2) or three (3) wheels; 
  • Has a handlebar and a floorboard that can be used to stand on while riding;
  • Is powered by an electric motor; 
  • Has a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour 

A person operating a standup electric scooter has all the rights and duties of a person riding a bicycle. Electric scooters are allowed on side walks, bicycle paths, and any street a bicycle is allowed. No person under the age sufficient to operate an automobile shall operate a standup electric scooter, and no person shall operate a standup electric scooter at a speed greater than fifteen (15) miles per hour. Scooters are not considered motor vehicles under Mississippi law. There are not statewide helmet laws and a driver's license is not required to operate an electric scooters.

Further 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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