Are Electric Scooters Legal in New York?

New York defines an electric scooter as a device weighing less than 100lbs that:


(a) has handlebars, a floorboard or a seat that can be stood or sat upon by the operator, and an electric motor,
(b) can be powered by the electric motor and/or human power, and
(c) has a maximum speed of no more than twenty miles per hour on a paved level surface when powered solely by the electric motor.


You can operate an electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist on some streets and highways in New York State:


  • you can operate these devices on highways with a posted speed limit of 30 MPH or less
  • municipalities can further regulate the time, place and manner of operation of these devices
  • you cannot operate these devices on a sidewalk except as authorized by local law or ordinance

Note: An electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist cannot be registered but still may be operated on some streets and highways in New York State.


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