Electric Scooters for Adults Street Legal by State in the USA
We've witnessed electric scooters go from being a novel tech toy to being realized as the new mode of independent emission-free travel. But the Electric Scooter Laws by State are still developing, and speed limits and other regulations are often unclear.
It's time to dig a little deeper!
Top riding speeds by State
Here are the top riding speeds by State.
- Alabama - N/A
- Alaska - N/A
- Arizona - 20 mph
- Arkansas - 15 mph
- California - 15 mph
- Colorado - 30 mph
- Connecticut - 20 mph
- Delaware - Unclear
- District of Columbia / Washington D.C. - 10 mph
- Florida - 15 mph
- Georgia - 20 mph
- Hawaii - N/A
- Idaho - N/A
- Illinois - N/A
- Indiana - 20 mph
- Iowa - 20 mph
- Kansas - N/A
- Kentucky - N/A
- Louisiana - N/A
- Maine - 20 mph
- Maryland - 20 mph
- Massachusetts - 20 mph
- Michigan - 25 mph
- Minnesota - 15 mph
- Mississippi - N/A
Note that there are different ways that States regulate the actual riding speed. For example, some states choose to regulate how many watts of power the scooter motor provides instead. Also, there are States with regulations stating that the scooter's max speed can be 25 mph, but the actual riding speed can only be 15 mph.
As you can see from the list, a Troxus scooter is street legal with its speed of 15mph pretty much accepted everywhere.
Wheel size and the weight of the scooter
Other limitations such as wheel size and the scooter's weight are also beginning to be regulated in some States. Eight states regulate that the scooters themselves must weigh less than 100 pounds. They are Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Some other states also have limitations on the wheel size.
- Minnesota: wheels must be no larger than 12 inches in diameter
- Maine: wheels must not exceed 10 inches in diameter
Notably, The Iowa state limits that scooters should be equipped with two or three wheels, handlebars, and floorboards. And Michigan State requires a white front light visible from 500 feet away and a rear reflector visible from 600 feet away.
Can you ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk? This is a question many people have been asking themselves. Generally, you should stay off the sidewalks when you're riding your scooter, and bike lanes should be used instead.
However, sidewalks are only banned in 10 states (excluding Pennsylvania and Delaware, where scooters are not legal on public streets at all).
Please note that in some states, you need licenses even if you are an adult.
The one state that requires people have DMV registration is North Carolina. And eight other states those require a driver's license are Alabama, Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Marine, Massachusetts, and Missouri.
Please refer to local legislation laws for more information and possible updates as the industry and laws are still developing in many States, Cities, and Municipalities.
For California, you can see other regulations related on our blog here: https://troxusescooter.com/blogs/news/electric-scooter-laws-in-california.