With the growing popularity of motorized scooters among young people today comes the potential for more serious accidents and injuries. California Vehicle Code section 407.5 defines a "motorized scooter" as "any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by either an electric motor or any other source which propels the device with or without human propulsion. A motorcycle, motorized bicycle, moped, or motor-driven cycle is not a motorized scooter."
Motorized scooters may be fast and fun, but they are also hard for other motorists and pedestrians to see. This makes them dangerous unless you obey the following laws:
***Any person operating a motorized scooter...
Must be 16 years of age or older
Must wear a helmet
Must not carry passengers
Must follow all rules of the road as other cars and trucks
***A motorized scooter...
Must have a braked wheel
Must have a white light (front) and a red light (back) if driven at night
Must have a yellow reflector on both sides if driven at night
Cannot have handle bars higher than shoulder height
***A motorized scooter may not be operated...
On streets with a posted speed limit higher than 25 MPH
On sidewalks (this includes trails and parks)
With a passenger
For more information about motorized scooters and the laws which regulate their use, contact the Upland Police Department Traffic Unit at (909) 946-7624.