RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER OPERATOR
A rider has an obligation to operate an electric scooter in a manner that is safe and within compliance of the law. When an individual downloads and uses a scooter company app, that person is entering into an agreement in which he or she understands that obligation and is accepting some inherent level of risk that comes with riding this type of vehicle.
Riders can reach speeds of nearly 20mph which makes operating a scooter on sidewalks very dangerous. Most cities have statutes that prohibit an electric scooter from being used anywhere but on the road, therefore a rider must obey the same rules and regulations as motor vehicle operators since they will be sharing the roads with automobiles, trucks, and bicyclists. As a result, any individual operating an electric scooter must have a valid driver’s license in order to ride.
In addition, many laws enforce helmet use with fines prescribed for any rider who may be caught operating a scooter without the proper protective head gear. Most cities also limit the number of riders per scooter to one person only.