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ELECTRIC SCOOTER LAWS IN CALIFORNIA

Note: Troxus does not guarantee the accuracy of the below information. Please check with your local government to get the most up-to-date information.  

Electric scooter laws can be a little confusing. We often receive messages from Troxus riders asking what are the rules and laws when riding an e-scooter. In this blog, we will go over some of the most important electric scooter laws in California.

 

SPEED

California has a speed limit of 15mph for electric scooters on public roads and bike lanes. If you have a scooter that goes beyond 15mph, you could be stopped and fined by the police. Current fines for scooters that go above 15mph are $250.

 

MINORS MUST WEAR A HELMET

According to California law, minors under the age of 18 must wear a bike helmet. The helmet must fit properly and has to be fastened. Riders above the age of 18 don’t have to wear a helmet. Although it is recommended that Troxus riders always wear a helmet when riding. The fine for minors not wearing a helmet is $200.

 

NO RIDING ON A SIDEWALK

Electric scooter riders aren’t allowed to ride on sidewalks. The only time riders are permitted on sidewalks is when they are parking. The for riders caught riding on a sidewalk is $200.

 

BIKE LANES

Scooter riders must use bike lanes whenever possible. This law refers to “Class 2 bicycle lane.” This type of lane is on the right side of a street and usually has a white solid line and a bicycle symbol.

However, there are currently four exceptions:

  1. When passing a vehicle or pedestrian,
  2. When completing a left-hand turn,
  3. Avoiding debris or other hazards in the bike lane,
  4. When turning right.

 

NO TANDEM RIDES

According to California law, it is illegal to ride with another person on the scooter, also referred to as a “tandem ride”. The penalty for riding with another rider is about $200.

 

E-SCOOTERS ARE LEGALLY CONSIDERED MOTOR VEHICLES

California recognizes an electric scooter as a motor vehicle. This means riders have the same rights and responsibilities as someone driving a car. Riders must follow the same traffic rules a motor vehicle does. It is illegal to drive an e-scooter if you have been drinking or using drugs. The penalty for this is $350.

 

DON’T RIDE ON A CROSSWALK

In California, it is illegal to ride an electric scooter on a crosswalk. It is recommended to dismount the scooter and walk across the crosswalk. Riders can be fined $200 for riding on a crosswalk.

 

CONCLUSION

Overall, riders should read and understand all the laws before riding their electric scooter. Riding can be dangerous; it is recommended to always wear a helmet and other safety gear. For those who live outside California, please make sure you double-check your local laws.

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