Scooter Legal Issues –Check the Local Laws
The local laws in any given country for scooters and mopeds driven on the road may vary depending on the community they are driven in. Most people will only be using scooters or mopeds as a means to get around due to a medical condition and will not be using them on the local roads. If consumers plan to drive their scooters on the road, there could be all sorts of scooter legal issues in some jurisdictions. Consumers are encouraged to check with the local police regarding the laws and whether there are any issues with driving a scooter or moped on the road.
Your retailer may suggest that the legality of riding your scooter on the road is not an issue, however scooter and moped owners would be well advised to confirm what local laws are and if there is any scooter legal issue at all. Riders may be required to wear helmets while on mopeds or scooters, and to be registered with the local vehicle agencies in the same manner as a car or motorcycle. This could mean that you must have a license plate for the scooter and all corresponding insurance that all cars and motorcycles must have. In addition riders would be subject to all of the normal laws that are in place in the community.
While this may seem ridiculous to some riders, the laws are what they are and the local police are sworn to uphold the laws. If your scooter or moped retailer suggests there are no law issues and then you are stopped by the police for riding on the road, you may be able to return your moped and receive a full refund. Scooter customers and moped owners can always ride their vehicles on the sidewalk; however even here there may be some restrictions. In some localities, bicycles, scooters and mopeds are not allowed on the sidewalk.
For more information, see scooter helmets
Dennis Harley contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.the-scooters-report.com.
He has been involved in european motorcycle rider and scooter training programs for over a decade. Dennis writes informative and news worthy content.