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Understanding Electric Scooter Age Requirements in Massachusetts

With the growing popularity of electric scooters, it's essential for riders, parents, and local authorities to understand the age requirements for riding an electric scooter in Massachusetts. This article covers the legal age limit, state laws, and safety tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable riding experience for everyone involved.

In Massachusetts, the legal age to operate an electric scooter is 16, as per the state's law on motorized scooters. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians, and other road users. However, it's crucial to note that local laws and ordinances may vary, and it's essential to check with your city or town's regulations before allowing your child to ride an electric scooter in a specific area.

The Massachusetts law on motorized scooters, Chapter 90, Section 1E, defines a motorized scooter as a two-wheeled device with handlebars and a floorboard that the rider stands on, with a motor capable of propelling the device. According to this law, riders under the age of 16 are not allowed to operate electric scooters on public roads, parking lots, or recreational areas.

Furthermore, the law states that electric scooter riders must have a valid driver's license, learner's permit, or motorcycle license. They must also wear a helmet if they are under the age of 18. Electric scooters should not be operated at speeds exceeding 20 miles per hour and should not be ridden on sidewalks.

To ensure that your child is safe and responsible while riding an electric scooter in Massachusetts, it's vital to take the following precautions:

  1. Ensure that your child meets the legal age requirement of 16.

  2. Make sure they have a valid driver's license, learner's permit, or motorcycle license.

  3. Encourage them to wear a helmet, especially if they are under the age of 18.

  4. Teach them the rules of the road, such as obeying traffic signs and signals and yielding to pedestrians.

  5. Supervise their riding habits and help them understand the importance of safe and responsible scooter use.

In conclusion, the legal age to ride an electric scooter in Massachusetts is 16, but specific local laws and regulations may vary. It's crucial to educate your child on electric scooter safety, make sure they meet the age requirement, and have the necessary permits before allowing them to ride an electric scooter.

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