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Where are Electric Scooters Illegal? Know the Law Before You Ride

Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular as an eco-friendly and convenient mode of transportation, but their legality varies from country to country and even within different states and cities. In this article, we explore the legal status of electric scooters around the world, as well as the United States, so you can understand the laws and limitations before hopping on your scooter for a ride.

Global Legality of Electric Scooters:

  1. United Kingdom: In the UK, electric scooters are currently only allowed on private land with the landowner's permission. Riding on public roads, pavements, or cycle lanes is illegal and can result in fines.

  2. Germany: Electric scooters are legal in Germany, but they must have a maximum speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) and be equipped with lights, reflectors, and a bell. Riders must be at least 14 years old and follow traffic laws.

  3. France: Similar to Germany, electric scooters are allowed in France with a maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). They must be used on cycle paths or roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) or less. Riding on pavements is prohibited and can result in fines.

  1. Switzerland: Electric scooters are permitted in Switzerland, but they must meet specific power and speed requirements. E-scooters with a maximum speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) and a maximum motor power of 500W can be used without registration, while more powerful scooters require a driving license and registration.

Electric Scooters in the United States:

In the United States, electric scooter legality varies by state and city. Generally, e-scooter laws Generally, e-scooter laws Generally, e-scooter laws Generally, e-scooter laws Generally, e- scooter laws Generally, e-scooter laws Generally, e- scooter laws can be classified as permissive, restrictive, or mixed.

Permissive states - such as California, Washington, and Oregon - allow electric scooters to be ridden on public roads with bike lanes and have minimum age requirements (usually 16 years old), as well as equipment requirements like helmets, lights, and reflectors.

Restrictive states, like New York and New Jersey, make it illegal to ride electric scooters on public roads, sidewalks, or bike paths.

Mixed states, such as Illinois and Texas, have varying laws by city, so it's essential to research local regulations and ordinances before riding your electric scooter.

In conclusion, understanding the legal status of electric scooters in your area is crucial to ensure you can enjoy your ride without any worry or consequence. Always research local laws and regulations before taking your e-scooter on public roads or sidewalk and adhere to recommended safety practices like wearing a helmet and using lights to signal your presence to other road users.

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