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Understanding Electric Scooter Laws in California: What You Need to Know

With the growing popularity of electric scooters in urban areas, many Californians are turning to this eco-friendly mode of transportation for their daily commute and leisure activities. But the question remains: Are electric scooters legal But the question remains: Are electric scooters legal in California??


The short answer is yes, electric scooters are legal in California, but there are specific regulations that riders must follow to operate them lawfully on public roads and pathways. According to California Vehicle Code (CVC) section 21235, riders must have a valid driver's license or learner's permit, and electric scooters must be operated on roadways with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. However, local authorities can permit scooter use on roads with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour.


Additionally, riders must be over the age of 16, wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet regardless of age, and ensure that the scooter is not ridden on sidewalks. Electric scooters are also restricted from being used during nighttime unless equipped with the appropriate lighting as defined by the CVC.


In terms of speed, electric scooters are not allowed to exceed 15 miles per hour, and manufacturers and retailers are required to provide clear information on the maximum performance capabilities of their scooters.


California also encourages responsible parking of electric scooters, urging riders to avoid blocking pathways, doorways, or ramps used by persons with disabilities. Fines and penalties can be levied against those who do not comply with these rules.


Always keep in mind that local regulations can vary, as municipalities are allowed to enforce additional rules regarding the use of electric scooters. It's essential to stay informed about the local laws in your area to ensure that you're riding safely and legally.


Riding electric scooters in California can be a fun and efficient way to get around, but it's vital to adhere to state law and local ordinances. Remember to ride respectfully, prioritize safety, and enjoy the convenience and sustainability that electric scooters offer.


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