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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Pennsylvania?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

To legally operate an electric scooter on public roads in Pennsylvania, the vehicle must be registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and comply with the state's motor vehicle laws. This typically requires the scooter to have features like turn signals, headlights, taillights, mirrors, and a horn. Additionally, the rider must have insurance for the scooter. However, due to these stringent requirements, most electric scooters do not qualify for registration and are, therefore, illegal to operate on the road or sidewalks. Electric scooters are mainly considered permissible for use on private property only, and their operation is governed by local ordinances and property owner policies.

Scooters can be registered and insured if they meet proper vehicle requirements (enders, turn signals, lights, etc.,). Since very few scooters would meet these requirements they are generally considered illegal as a whole.

Max Speed

N/A- Most electric scooters do not meet the legal requirements for operation on public roads, thus no max speed is established for legal road use. However, electric vehicles that can be registered are restricted to a max speed consistent with motorized scooters and mopeds, as defined by state law.

Minimum Age

N/A - Because electric scooters are not typically allowed on public roads, there isn't a specific minimum age requirement for their general operation. Riders must follow the laws applicable to motor vehicles if the scooter is registered and being operated on public roads, which usually applies to individuals with a valid driver's license or a moped license.

Helmets Required? 

Yes - Helmets are required for all riders under the age of 21. Although electric scooters cannot be legally used on public roads without registration, if a scooter meets the requirements and is registered, riders under 21 years old would need to wear a helmet.

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