Electric scooter legality - a complete guide to laws and regulations for every country and state (2022)

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Electric scooter laws and regulations Electric scooter bans Where should I ride my electric scooter? Are electric scooters street legal? What does it mean for an electric scooter to be street legal? How to make an electric scooter street legal? Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane? Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk? What is the age requirement for electric scooters? Do I need to register my electric scooter? Do I need a license for an electric scooter? Do I need insurance for my electric scooter? Do I need to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter? Electric scooter laws in the US Are electric scooters street legal in the US? Where to ride an electric scooter in the US? Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane in the US? Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk in the US? What is the speed limit for electric scooters in the US? What is the age requirement for electric scooters in the US? Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in the US? Do I need to register my electric scooter in the US? Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in the US? Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in the US? UK Are electric scooters street legal in the UK? Where can I ride an electric scooter in the UK? Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane in the UK? Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk in the UK? What is the speed limit for electric scooters in the UK? What is the age requirement for electric scooters in the UK? Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in the UK? Do I need to register my electric scooter in the UK? Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in the UK? Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in the UK? Electric scooter laws in Ireland Electric scooter laws in Canada Electric scooter laws in Ontario Electric scooter laws in British Columbia Electric scooter laws in Quebec Electric scooter laws in Alberta Are electric scooters street legal in Canada? Where to ride an electric scooter in Canada? What is the speed limit for electric scooters in Canada? What is the age requirement for electric scooters in Canada? Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in Canada? Do I need to register my electric scooter in Canada? Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in Canada? Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in Canada? Electric scooter laws in Australia Electric scooter laws in Queensland Electric scooter laws in New South Wales Electric scooter laws in Victoria Electric scooter laws in South Australia Electric scooter laws in Western Australia Electric scooter laws in Tasmania Electric scooter laws in Australian Capital Territory Electric scooter laws in New Zealand Electric scooter laws in the Philippines Electric scooter laws in Norway Electric scooter laws in Sweden Electric scooter laws in Denmark Electric scooter laws in Finland Electric scooter laws in Germany Electric scooter laws in France Electric scooter laws in Italy Electric scooter laws in Spain Electric scooter laws in Belgium Electric scooter laws in Poland Electric scooter laws in Russia FAQs Videos

This is the complete electric scooter legal guide. We will cover all the known laws and regulations concerning electric scooters, for every place in the world.

Disclaimer note: I will make all efforts to keep this guide correct and up to date, but keep in mind that the purpose of this guide is to only provide you with a basic starting point. This article cannot be considered legal advice, you are advised to research in more depth, as I can’t guarantee the accuracy and recency of the information provided. Check with your local authorities to be certain.

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Electric scooter laws and regulations

Some countries or places still don’t have specific laws and regulations regarding electric scooter use, or have incomplete regulations.

Usually, when something is still unregulated, it means that it can be used without too many restrictions. That’s usually good news for users.

It’s possible that in cases where electric scooters are not yet regulated, some very similar laws will implicitly apply to them, like bicycle laws, or motorcycle laws.

If your country or city doesn’t have electric scooter regulation in place yet, that might mean you are basically free to use your scooter in pretty much any way you want, as long as you are reasonable, responsible, and apply some common sense.

Examples of that would be:

  • respecting traffic laws
  • riding in the bike lane or near the side of the road
  • maybe occasionally riding on the sidewalk, when it’s the only option available
  • parking so that you don’t obstruct sidewalk movement and traffic

Those are all normal, expected, responsible ways to use your scooter, and both people and authorities should have no problems with that.

Electric scooter bans

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Some places outright ban electric scooter use altogether. These are very rare occurrences, but in the places where they are present, they are the number one biggest scooter disadvantage, and owning a scooter there is often not very smart.

Usually, the bans are instated as an overreaction to irresponsible parking of shared scooters, or a serious accident. Most often, these bans are revisited after some time, and they are replaced with a more reasonable law that allows scooter use but in a more responsible way, which is the perfect balance.

Where should I ride my electric scooter?

If electric scooter use is unregulated in your area, you may be able to ride in the bicycle lane, on the side of the road, or on the sidewalk when that’s the only option. Try to ride on public walkways and pavements only as a last resort. You should never ride on a highway. If your city or country has a specific law about electric scooters, that will be the final source of truth.

Are electric scooters street legal?

In most places, most electric scooter models are street legal. They will either have specific laws for them, or rely on bicycle laws, motorcycle laws, or standard traffic laws for vehicles. Generally, in places where electric scooter use is still unregulated, they can be ridden on streets and roads.

What does it mean for an electric scooter to be street legal?

In some places, electric scooters are classed as motor vehicles. When that is the case, they need to comply with motor vehicle requirements, which often include the scooter having strong head and tail lights, reliable brakes, loud sound signalization, and other requirements that some scooters may not be able to fulfill. Other times, scooters need to be limited to a certain speed or motor power to be considered road legal.

The term “street legal” has been somewhat unclear when used for electric scooters in the past. It’s mostly a term used to describe the state and features of vehicles (Wikipedia on street legality), and electric scooters were often not categorized as vehicles, but more like bicycles. As they have grown in motor power and popularity, the public has probably realized that electric scooters can be full-blown vehicles, and has started considering them more seriously for road use.

How to make an electric scooter street legal?

If electric scooters are generally street legal in your country or city, but your specific model isn’t, you may have some options to change that. In some cases, you may need to buy additional equipment, like stronger lights for your scooter, a louder horn or bell, or stronger brakes. In other cases, your scooter may be too powerful, in which case you should explore options like custom firmware that will limit its top speed and motor power output.

Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane?

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Usually, electric scooters can be ridden in the bicycle lane. Some places clearly forbid riding electric scooters in the bike lane, but that’s only the case for a handful of places, most notably the states of Indiana and Washington in the USA.

Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk?

Many places don’t allow riding electric scooters on sidewalks. In these places, there is often either an official or implicit rule that may allow electric scooters to ride on the sidewalks for brief periods of time when that’s the optimal or the only option available to them. Some places allow riding scooters on sidewalks freely.

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What is the age requirement for electric scooters?

In most places where electric scooter use is regulated, there is either no age requirement established, or it’s set at 16 or 18. In the places where a driver’s license is required to ride a scooter, the age requirement is the same as the driving age.

Do I need to register my electric scooter?

Very few places in the world require electric scooters to be registered, most notably a few states in the US (Alabama, Illinois, North Carolina, and West Virginia), Ireland, the province of Quebec in Canada, and the Philippines.

Do I need a license for an electric scooter?

The vast majority of places don’t require a license for riding an electric scooter. Notable exceptions include the UK, Ireland, some US states (Kansas, Rhode Island, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida), the province of Quebec in Canada, the state of Victoria in Australia, the Philippines, and Russia.

Do I need insurance for my electric scooter?

Almost no places in the world where electric scooters are street legal require them to be insured. The only places that require insurance for electric scooters are Germany, and the state of Illinois in the US.

Do I need to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter?

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Wearing a helmet when riding an electric scooter can be required in some places, required until a certain age in others, and not required at all. No matter what the requirements are, it is always strongly recommended to wear a helmet at all times.

Check out the guide on electric scooter helmets to find one that will fit your scooter and your context.

Electric scooter laws in the US

Electric scooter laws and regulations in the US will mostly depend on the state. While generally electric scooters are road legal, states differ on where they allow scooters to be used, their speed limits, the age requirements, and whether they require a license, registration, insurance, and wearing a helmet.

The following table lists every US state with its specific laws and regulations for electric scooters. If some value is not specified, you can assume on the general US defaults of 15 mph speed limit, road legality and possibly not allowed on sidewalks, with no requirements for a license, registration, or insurance, and probably no age restrictions (although it’s best to cross-reference with your local authorities as well).

StateAllowed onNot allowed onSpeed limitRegistrationLicense?InsuranceHelmetMin. age
USA (national level)roadsidewalks sometimes15 mphusually nousually nomostly nomaybe if under 16 or 18none/16
AlabamaroadDMV registrationmotorcycle license16
Alaska
Arizonaroad, bike lanehighways20 mphnonono
Arkansas15 mph16
Californiaroads up to 25 mph, bike lanes15 mph
Colorado25 mph
Connecticut16
Delawareprivate propertyroad, highway, sidewalk
Florida25 mphnoyes, any licenseif under 1616
Georgiabike lanes, 35 mph roads if no bike lanes
Hawaii
Idaho
IllinoisroadDMV registrationyes
Indianaroadbike lanes, sidewalks, greenways
Iowasame as bicycles20 mph
Kansasroadsidewalksdriver’s license16
Kentuckynono
Louisianabike lanes, sidewalks, 25 mph roads20 mphyes
Maineroad, furthest right lane20 mph
Marylandroad15 mph
Massachusettsif under 16
Michiganroads up to 25 mph, furthest right lane20 mphyes12
Minnesota15 mphnono12
Mississippiroad, bike lanesidewalksif under 1614
Missouribike lane if available, street otherwisesidewalks
Montanaroadsidewalks
Nebraskabike lane if available, street otherwisepublic places, sidewalks
Nevada16
New Hampshirebike lane if available, street otherwisepublic places, sidewalks
New Jerseybike lane19 mph
New Mexicobike lane, furthest right side of road15 mphif under 18
New York
North CarolinaDMV registration16
North Dakotaroadsidewalksif under 18
Ohioroad, bike lanenono
Oklahomasidewalksif under 18
Oregonroad, bike lanessidewalks, parksyes16
Pennsylvania
Rhode Islandroad, sidewalksdriver’s license or municipal ID16
South Carolinaroadyes
South Dakotaroadsidewalks, highwaysif under 18
Tennesseefurthest right lane, close to sidewalksidewalks (unless bikes are allowed too)15 mphyes16
Texasroads up to 35 mphif over 750Wif over 750Wif over 750W
Utahroads up to 25 mphsidewalks20 mphno8 or 15
Vermontroadsidewalks15 mph
Virginiasidewalks16
Washingtonroads up to 35 mphsidewalks, bike lanes, public walkways
West VirginiaDMV registrationyes
Wisconsinyessidewalks15 mph
Wyoming

Are electric scooters street legal in the US?

In general, electric scooters that are operated while standing, have a maximum top speed of 20 mph, and an electric motor of 750 Watts or less, will be considered street legal in every state in the US (sources: nhtsa.gov, govinfo.gov).

This may vary in certain states, but unless another law is present, this will be the law. This comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the United States Department of Transportation, the section about importing a vehicle.

It’s not clear what the legal status would be of scooters faster than 20 mph or a motor bigger than 750 W. As you may imagine, a lot of popular scooters would be considered not street legal. Since there are obviously many scooters much more powerful than these regulations allow, we may assume that the laws, while clear, may not be so strictly enforced at the moment.

In some states, scooters more powerful than this are simply registered as vehicles in the DMV.

Where to ride an electric scooter in the US?

In states where electric scooters are not regulated, they can usually be used on roads and streets. The vast majority of states where electric scooter use is regulated allow them to be used on roads and streets, often on ones where the speed limit is not more than 25 mph or 35 mph. Delaware is the only state where electric scooters are not street legal, and electric scooters can only be used on private property there.

Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane in the US?

For most states, electric scooters either have explicit permission to be ridden in the bike lane, or their use in the bike lane is not specified but implicitly allowed. The only two states that explicitly don’t allow electric scooters in the bike lane are Indiana and Washington.

Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk in the US?

Most states strictly prohibit riding an electric scooter on the sidewalks or on other public surfaces like pavements and walkways. Some situations may be subject to exception, like if the sidewalk is the only available place to pass through for example. Some states, like Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Virginia, actually allow riding on sidewalks.

What is the speed limit for electric scooters in the US?

The default speed limit for electric scooters in the US is 15 mph, unless it’s specified otherwise at the state level. The following states have a 20 mph speed limit: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, and Utah. The states of Colorado and Florida have a speed limit of 25 mph.

What is the age requirement for electric scooters in the US?

Most states have no age requirement for electric scooter use. The ones that do, usually have a minimum age requirement of 16, and this includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Vermont. The state of Utah has an age requirement of 15, Mississippi has the age requirement of 14, while Michigan and Minnesota require 12 years of age.

Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in the US?

Most states in the US don’t legally require electric scooter riders to wear helmets. The ones that do include the states of Louisiana, Oregon, and West Virginia. Some states require only riders under a certain age to wear a helmet. In Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi, riders under 16 must wear a helmet. In New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, riders under 18 must wear a helmet.

Do I need to register my electric scooter in the US?

In most states, electric scooters don’t need to be registered. The states that do require registration include Alabama, Illinois, North Carolina, and West Virginia. In Texas, you only need to register your scooter if its motor is more powerful than 750 W. You can register your scooter at the DMV if you have to.

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Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in the US?

In most states, you don’t need any license to ride an electric scooter. In Alabama, you will need a motorcycle license. In the states of Kansas, Rhode Island, Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee, you will need a driver’s license. In Florida, any type of license will be sufficient, and in Texas you will only need a license for scooters over 750 W.

Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in the US?

The vast majority of US states don’t require insurance for an electric scooter. The only exception is the state of Illinois.

UK

The UK has what is likely the most complicated legal status of electric scooters.

Up until a few months ago, the UK had in place one of the most infamous bans on electric scooters. The law used to ban them was the old 1835 Highway law that mentions horses and carts. There was another commonly mentioned law that basically classed electric scooters as motor vehicles, but most of the scooters then were not equipped enough to be considered street legal, as many missed strong front and rear lights, high-quality brakes, and they don’t have license plates yet, etc.

The real motivation behind the ban, however, was probably the death of Emily Hartridge, a TV presenter and a social media personality that died in an electric scooter accident in July 2019.

Her death was tragic, but the reaction that followed might have been a little bit over the top. Hundreds of people die on bicycles every year, not to mention motorcycles and cars, and we still don’t see bans on those.

Anyway, in July 2020, the UK ban on electric scooters was lifted, or so it seemed. Turns out, the ban was only lifted for ride-sharing scooters, and ride-sharing programs will be started in 4 zones in the UK.

All of that puts the British scooterist lasses and lads in a somewhat unusual situation.

Are electric scooters street legal in the UK?

Electric scooters are road legal in the UK, but that only applies to ride-sharing scooters. Private citizens still can’t legally ride their own scooters on public roads, and can only ride them on private property. This is expected to change around the summer of 2021, when the government will examine the effects that scooters have had on eliminating traffic jams and pollution, and probably allow private scooters to be used on road as well.

Anyway, scooters are not illegal in the UK per se. You can still buy a scooter, and it’s a widely known fact that many people in the UK do ride their own scooters on public roads. Tickets and fines can happen, but they seem to not be that common. Meaning, while the law bans scooters in theory, in practice the rules are somewhat lax and not heavily enforced.

Still, be aware that if you decide to ride your own scooter on a public road, bicycle lane, or any other public surface, you risk a £300 fine and six points on your driver’s license.

Where can I ride an electric scooter in the UK?

Electric scooters rented through ride-sharing companies can be ridden on public roads in the designated zones where they are available (Portsmouth and Southampton, the West of England Combined Authority, Derby and Nottingham, and the West Midlands). Right now, privately owned electric scooters can only be ridden on private grounds in the UK.

Can I ride an electric scooter in the bicycle lane in the UK?

As long as you are riding a rental electric scooter, you can ride in the bike lane. You can’t ride your own scooter on public roads, which includes bike lanes as well.

Can I ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk in the UK?

Ride-sharing scooters can be used on public roads, but it’s not specified whether they are allowed to be ridden on pavements in the UK.

What is the speed limit for electric scooters in the UK?

Electric scooters in the UK must not go faster than 15 mph / 25 kmh.

What is the age requirement for electric scooters in the UK?

The minimum age for riding an electric scooter in the UK is 16.

Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in the UK?

Helmets are obligatory for riding an electric scooter in the UK. Riding without a helmet may result in a fine.

Do I need to register my electric scooter in the UK?

While citizens can own an electric scooter, they legally can’t ride it on public roads. Therefore, registration is not possible, nor necessary. If privately-owned electric scooters become legal in the UK, it is likely they will require registration, as they are currently classed as motor vehicles.

Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in the UK?

You will need a driver’s license to ride an electric scooter in the UK. This is true for ride-sharing scooters right now, and it will likely be true for private scooters when they become street legal in the future.

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Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in the UK?

Since the only street legal scooters in the UK right now are ride-sharing scooters, you will not need insurance to ride them, as they are already insured by the companies. If privately-owned electric scooters become street legal in the UK, it is likely they will have to be insured.

Electric scooter laws in Ireland

In Ireland, electric scooters are classed as mechanically propelled vehicles. As such, they must be roadworthy, registered, taxed, and insured. The driver must have a license, wear a helmet, and be 16 or older. The speed limit for them is 20 kmh, and 6 kmh on footpaths.

Registration can be the biggest legal issue that electric scooter owners may face in Ireland. To register the scooter, they must present the authorities with an EC certificate of conformity (CoC), which should come from the manufacturer. The problem here is, there seems to be no such certificate for electric scooters, the closest thing is a certificate for a motorcycle.

Unofficially, scooters seem to be quite popular in Ireland and a lot of people do ride them on public roads, probably without the necessary certificate. In my understanding, there is an ongoing effort to make scooters regulation simpler and make scooters more accessible to Irish riders.

Electric scooter laws in Canada

Electric scooters in Canada are covered by various laws, and almost every detail will vary from province to province.

Electric scooter laws in Ontario

  • street legal: yes, separate + bicycle laws, max 500 Watt motor
  • where can you ride: roads and streets
  • where can you not ride: highways
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: yes
  • can you ride on the sidewalk: /
  • speed limit: 24 kmh
  • age requirement: 16+
  • helmet required: yes if under 18
  • registration required: no
  • license required: no (ID needed)
  • insurance required: no
  • source: Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Electric scooter laws in British Columbia

  • street legal: not exactly
  • where can you ride: trails, pathways, parade routes, private property
  • source: icbc.com

Electric scooter laws in Quebec

  • street legal: yes, max 500 Watt motor
  • where can you ride: on roads where the speed limit is less than 50 kmh
  • speed limit: 32 kmh
  • age requirement: 18+
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: yes
  • license required: yes (training required)
  • insurance required: no
  • source: saaq.gouv.qc.ca

Electric scooter laws in Alberta

  • street legal: depends on the municipality
  • where can you ride: trails, pathways, private property, possibly bike lanes and sidewalks and roads under 50 kmh
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: in some municipalities
  • can you ride on the sidewalk: in some municipalities
  • speed limit: unknown / 50 kmh
  • source: alberta.ca

Are electric scooters street legal in Canada?

Electric scooters are street legal in some Canadian provinces, including Ontario and Quebec.

Where to ride an electric scooter in Canada?

In the provinces that allow electric scooter use on public roads, riding them on public roads and streets will be allowed. Bike lanes will often be allowed as well, but sidewalks will often not be.

What is the speed limit for electric scooters in Canada?

In Canada, electric scooter speed limits vary from province to province. Most notably, the speed limit in Ontario is 24 kmh, and 32 kmh in Quebec.

What is the age requirement for electric scooters in Canada?

If a province allows electric scooters to be used on public roads in Canada, the age requirement will be either 16 or 18.

Do I need to wear a helmet to ride an electric scooter in Canada?

In the provinces where electric scooters are road legal, wearing a helmet is either required, or strongly recommended.

Do I need to register my electric scooter in Canada?

Electric scooters don’t need to be registered in Canada, except in the province of Quebec.

Do I need a license to ride an electric scooter in Canada?

Of the provinces that allow electric scooters, only Quebec requires electric scooter riders to have a license for it. The license is actually a certificate obtained after special training for electric scooter use.

Do I need insurance for an electric scooter in Canada?

Generally, insurance is not required for electric scooter use in the Canadian provinces that allow electric scooter use on public roads.

Electric scooter laws in Australia

As with any country that has several larger administrative units, electric scooters in Australia will have different laws that will vary according to the state or territory.

Electric scooters can be used outside of private properties in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. Their top speed will often be limited to 10 kmh, except for Queensland where the limit is 25 kmh. A helmet is required in every state, but almost no state requires a license, registration, or insurance.

Electric scooter laws in Queensland

  • street legal: yes
  • where can you ride: paths, streets, roads (limited use), far left side of the road
  • where can you not ride: main roads or streets in the Brisbane CBD
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: yes
  • can you ride on the sidewalk: only if necessary
  • speed limit: 25 kmh
  • age requirement: 16+ (12+ with adult supervision)
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: no
  • license required: no
  • insurance required: no
  • source: Queensland Government

Electric scooter laws in New South Wales

Electric scooter laws in Victoria

  • street legal: on some roads, if up to 200 W
  • where can you ride: shared roads, paths, roads up to 50 kmh, private property
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: yes
  • speed limit: 10 kmh
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: no
  • license required: yes
  • source: Victoria Government

Electric scooter laws in South Australia

Electric scooter laws in Western Australia

  • street legal: yes, if under 200 W
  • where can you ride: roads up to 50 kmh, footpaths and shared paths
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: yes
  • speed limit: 10 kmh
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: no
  • license required: no
  • insurance required: no
  • source: Western Australia Government

Electric scooter laws in Tasmania

  • street legal: yes, if under 200 W
  • where can you ride: roads up to 50 kmh, paths
  • where can you not ride: areas that forbid electric scooters
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: /
  • can you ride on the sidewalk: /
  • speed limit: 10 kmh
  • age requirement: none
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: no
  • license required: no
  • insurance required: no
  • source: Tasmania Government

Electric scooter laws in Australian Capital Territory

  • street legal: not exactly
  • where can you ride: footpaths, shared paths, bicycle paths and the bicycle side of separated paths
  • can you ride in the bicycle lane: yes
  • can you ride on the sidewalk: if necessary
  • speed limit: 10 kmh / 15 kmh / 25 kmh, depending on the type of path
  • age requirement: 12+
  • helmet required: yes
  • registration required: no
  • license required: no
  • insurance required: no
  • source: ACT Government

Electric scooter laws in New Zealand

Electric scooters are road legal in New Zealand, as long as their motors are not more powerful than 300 Watts. They can be ridden on the road and on footpaths, but not in cycle lanes. Wearing a helmet may or may not be necessary, depending on the scooter. Scooters don’t require a license, registration, nor insurance to be used in New Zealand.

The source for this information the website of New Zealand’s Government Transport Agency.

Electric scooter laws in the Philippines

In the Philippines, electric scooters are road legal, but they do require both a license and a registration. Smaller, less powerful scooters are only allowed on private property, but bigger scooters can be used as vehicles on the road. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Norway

Norway treats electric scooters almost the same as bicycles. Electric scooters can be ridden everywhere, as long as the rider is responsible. There are no age limits, no need for license or registration, and no speed limits. The only requirement is to not have an illegal blood alcohol level. (source)

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In many ways, reasonable electric scooter use is left to be determined by the driver. We have to hand it to the Norwegians here. Apparently, the people and the government trust each other, and they don’t need draconian laws to behave like upstanding citizens. Way to go, Norway.

Electric scooter laws in Sweden

In Sweden, electric scooters are regulated by the same laws as bicycles, as long as they are not faster than 20 kmh or more powerful than 250 Watts. Helmets are required only for riders under 15. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Denmark

Electric scooters can be ridden in bike lanes in Denmark. Their top speed is limited to 20 kmh. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Finland

Electric scooterists follow the same rules as cyclists in Finland. They can be ridden on roads and bike lanes. Their speed limit is 25 kmh. Most electric scooters are not classed as motor vehicles in Finland, and thus require no insurance. However, scooters faster than 25 kmh or 1000 Watts of power will require insurance. Helmets are not required. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Germany

Electric scooters are street legal in Germany, but their speed must not be greater than 20 kmh, and maximum real motor power of 500 Watts and peak power of 1400 Watts. As with most bigger items in Germany, the scooter will have to be insured, but a license is not required. Riders must be at least 14 years of age. Helmets are recommended, although not required.

Sources: loc.gov, bavariannews.com

Electric scooter laws in France

In France, electric scooters are street legal if they can’t go faster than 25 kmh. They can be ridden on paths and on roads where the speed limit is less than 50 kmh. The age requirement is just 8 years. Helmets are obligatory for riders under 12. License and registration are not required. Insurance is not required either, but it’s strongly recommended.

Source: lemonde.fr

Electric scooter laws in Italy

In Italy, electric scooters are street legal, and their speed limit is 25 kmh (but just 6 kmh in pedestrian areas). They can only be ridden on roads where the speed limit is less than 50 kmh. The minimum age requirement is 14, and helmets are required only for riders under 18. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Spain

There is still not a lot of electric scooter regulation in Spain. They are not allowed on pavements, sidewalks, and public walkways. Their speed limit is 25 kmh. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Belgium

Electric scooters are street legal in Belgium. They need to move slowly in pedestrian areas, and as fast as 25 kmh elsewhere. Helmets are not required, although they are recommended. (source)

Electric scooter laws in Poland

Electric scooters will follow similar laws as bicycles in Poland. They are allowed on sidewalks if there is no bike lane available. Their speed limit will be 25 kmh, and riders will have to be at least 10 years of age to ride them. (source).

Electric scooter laws in Russia

Russia has the most elegant law for electric scooters in my opinion. Scooters are road legal. If they are not too powerful (slower than 25 kmh or a motor smaller than 250 W), they don’t require any license and can be ridden by everyone. Scooters more powerful than that are treated as motorcycles, they require a motorcycle driver’s license, and can be used by people older than 18.

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Can you legally use electric scooters? ›

Is it legal to own an e-scooter? Currently, it is legal to buy and own an e-scooter for personal use. However, under UK law, e-scooters, alongside hoverboards and electric unicycles, are considered “powered transporters”.

Are e-scooters legal 2022? ›

The end date for e-scooter trials has been extended to spring 2022. Local areas have been able to run e-scooter rental trials, for use on roads, cycle lanes and tracks only, since 4th July last year. While it is legal to buy or sell an e-scooter, riding them on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes is against the law.

Do police enforce e-scooter laws? ›

Anyone using a rental e-scooter on a public road or other public space, has to comply with the relevant road traffic legislation or they face potential prosecution.

Will Escooters become legal? ›

While many expected electric scooters to be fully legalized by the middle of 2022, further delays are still inevitable. The good news is there's every reason to believe that e-scooters will be able to go from private land to public roads in 2023.

What countries allow e-scooters? ›

The use of electric scooters in public is permitted in many European countries, such as Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.

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