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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Ohio?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Ohio, individuals must be at least 16 years old to legally operate an electric scooter. While scooters are allowed, they must adhere to a maximum speed of 20 mph and are typically permitted on public roads where the speed limit does not exceed 35 mph. Although not state-mandated, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended for safety, and some cities may have their own rules requiring helmet use. Electric scooters are classified as 'low-speed micro-mobility devices' and do not need to be registered with the state nor do they require insurance or a special license to operate. Riders are expected to follow all traffic laws, yield to pedestrians, and signal audibly when overtaking. Parking should be done in a manner that does not obstruct traffic, pedestrian pathways, or accessibility.

In Ohio, the minimum age to operate an electric scooter is 16 years old and above. Scooters do not need state registration, insurance, or other requirements for vehicles. Electric scooters cannot go over 15 mph (24 km/h) but are usable anywhere. Riders are to yield to pedestrians at all times and provide an audible signal. They need to abide by local traffic laws and should only park in areas that don’t impede traffic. Scooters are not considered motor vehicles. There are no statewide helmet or license requirements.

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