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Electric Scooter and Moped Rules in New York: What You Need to Know

Navigating the bustling streets of New York can be challenging, but electric scooters and mopeds are rising in popularity as convenient alternatives for transportation. As a rider, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the specific laws and requirements. Here's everything you need to know before riding an electric scooter or moped in the Empire State.

First, understand the classifications. In New York, scooters and mopeds are categorized into three classes based on maximum speed: Class A (20-30 mph), Class B (40-50 mph), and Class C (60+ mph). Each class has its own set of requirements.

For Class A and B scooters/mopeds, riders must possess a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement (Class M or MJ). For Class C, a standard driver's license is sufficient. Keep in mind that learners' permits are not valid for operating any type of scooter or moped.

Insurance is another essential aspect. Riders must carry liability insurance with specific minimums: $25,000 for bodily injury per person, $50,000 total for bodily injury in an accident, and $10,000 for property damage. Moreover, mopeds and scooters must be registered with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Mopeds are treated similarly to motorcycles, requiring inspection stickers and license plates.

Regarding electric scooters specifically, the legal situation is somewhat ambiguous. Currently, electric scooters are not considered motor vehicles and are consequently not permitted on public roads or sidewalks in New York City. However, state legislation allows e-scooters to be used on private property with consent. New York State distinguishes between electric scooters (speeds under 20 mph) and electric mopeds (20-30 mph). For electric mopeds, a helmet is required, and they must be registered and insured.

In conclusion, before riding an electric scooter In conclusion, before riding an electric scooter or moped in New York, ensure that you possess a valid license, proper insurance, registration, and necessary equipment. It's crucial to stay updated on the changing regulations, as well as to ride safely and responsibly.

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