Throughout the Phoenix East Valley, various cities have allowed electric scooter rideshare companies to operate within their city limits. By using an app, users can rent electric scooters making them an affordable and fun way to get around town. Read on to learn of the legal concerns regarding electric scooters and what Arizona statutes say about them.
Do’s And Don’ts
Arizona has its own unique rules for electric scooters versus motor scooters or other two wheeled vehicles. Usually an electric scooter travels up to fifteen miles per hour and obviously uses an electric engine. At the time of writing, Arizona does not yet have statutes specifically addressing electric scooter operation, however the manufacturers and the cities where you can rent the electric scooters recommend some best practices.
Electric Scooter Rules
The following are not yet laws but are suggested rules in the cities where you can rent electric scooters:
- No registration is needed for an electric scooter
- You must carry a valid form of ID
- You do not have to wear a helmet but it is recommended you do
- Some cities allow you to utilize bicycle paths and lanes
- In business districts you cannot ride on sidewalks
- You cannot ride on public streets that have speed limits in excess of 25 miles per hour or have four or more lanes
- You are allowed to ride on public roads within city parks
- All traffic laws must be obeyed
- Your scooter must have proper rear and front lamps if you are riding after dark
- Scooters may only be parked on private property with the permission of the owner of the property
Electric And Motor Driven Scooters
As electric scooters are so new to Arizona, laws are still not clear and can change from place to place. But a motorized scooter that travels faster than 20 mph and uses a five horsepwoer engine or lower and has no more than three wheels is considered to be a “motor-driven cycle” and not a scooter as per Arizona law – therefore it requires a valid motorcycle license to operate such a vehicle. You can avoid legal problems by taking the time to research regulations and rules in your municipality regarding electric scooters before you start riding.
Manufacturers Safety Tips
- The Bird company says all riders should be at least 18 and possess valid drivers licenses
- One rider per scooter
- It is up to riders to obey the rules as Bird cannot enforce them
- It is possible Arizona police may stop electric scooter riders and issue tickets for violations
- Bird offers free helmets to anyone who needs one (just pay shipping) this can be obtained in the safety section of the app.
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