Laws and Safety Tips for Motorized Scooters
With the increased popularity of electric scooters and similar type vehicles, it is important to be aware of laws governing their use and to know the best ways to keep yourself and others safe when using them.
According to state statutes, motorized scooters are considered motor vehicles requiring the operator of same, to possess a valid driverís license and follow the rules of the road. In addition, like any motor vehicle, the scooter itself must be licensed. The Village of Lansing will enforce all laws against persons operating scooters on public property. Because they are motorized, scooters should not be used on bike paths or sidewalks. Scooters are legal only on private property with the consent of the property owner. If you choose to own and operate a scooter, please keep the following safety tips in mind:
∑ Always wear a helmet. In addition, knee and elbow pads protect you during a fall.
∑ Do not operate the scooter at night. Motorized scooters generally are not equipped to be operated at night or in low light conditions.
∑ Ride only on hard, smooth surfaces
∑ Do not put any additional load (extra person, items, tow) on the scooter.
∑ Do not use the scooter in the rain or ride through puddles.
∑ Be alert- watch for cars, pedestrians and potholes.