LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks why scooters are allowed in traffic lanes, since they are typically slower and may hinder the flow of traffic.
Scooters are allowed to drive in any travel lane and have all the rights of a motor vehicle, because no law has been passed to change or restrict that.
Another viewer asks how scooters can ride legally without license credentials, license testing, license plates, insurance, or helmet mandates.
Bills requiring helmets and registration for scooter riders failed in the 2011 and 2013 Legislatures. As a result, the state has not placed restrictions requiring helmets, insurance, registration and lane restrictions on scooters under 49 cubic centimeters (CC).
Forty nine CC's or under means the scooter operates on less than two-horsepower and possesses a maximum speed of approximately 30 miles per hour. Lawmakers decided these scooters don't need to be registered, so they're riding slow and for free.
Some scooter owners modify the vehicles to exceed the 30 mph limit. Those scooters must be registered. Riders need to be at least 16-years-old and have a Class C driver's license.
If you wish to have the laws changed, contact your state lawmaker.
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