Earlier today my eldest son asked me if we can get an electric scooter. I said I’m going to think about it since I’m not familiar with electric scooters that much. I knew that regular scooters can be driven by pretty much anybody. It’s a good thing that I went ahead and looked up safety regulations for riding an electric scooter, because I discovered that not only that safety gear is a must, but there is a law in my home state which dictates that a license is needed to ride an electric scooter.
Electric scooters and child safety
Initially I just wanted to know is it safe for kids aged 13 to ride an electric scooter. In Michigan by law kids under the age of 15 are not allowed to ride low speed electric vehicles, or LSEB for short. Any electric vehicle that has a top speed of 20 MPH requires the driver to have a valid drivers license or a moped license and a D.O.T approved helmet (no needed if the driver is older than 20).
Turns out my son will have to wait a few year to drive an electric scooter, at least legally speaking. Anyhow, if any of you decided to buy one of these modern electric vehicle gadgets, make sure to check local laws. They might limit their use and you could end up getting a ticket. Cheers.