I was riding a scooter on a public street, but I was told that I shouldn’t have been. What are Florida’s scooter laws?
A: Mopeds and scooters are considered vehicles that can travel on the highway just like motorcycles; however, they do have a few restrictions depending on the type of moped or scooter.
For instance, if a scooter or moped less than 50cc cannot travel at least 40 miles per hour, then that vehicle cannot use the interstate. Additionally, if a scooter is traveling slower than the average speed on the road at the time, that vehicle must stay as far to the right of the roadway as possible. In the state of Florida, operators of scooters and mopeds cannot pass traffic.
To operate a scooter or moped in Florida, a driver is required to be at least 16 years of age if traveling on a public roadway; however, because a scooter or moped is not a motorcycle by legal definition, there is no specific license requirement to drive one off of public roads. If traveling on a public street, a moped or scooter operator must have a motorcycle license.
Because a moped or scooter is considered a motor vehicle when it is used on public streets, these types of vehicles are required to follow the same road rules that all drivers have to abide by.
Oftentimes people look at scooters or mopeds as toys, but they are not. Operators of scooters and mopeds have a legal duty to abide by all road rules in order to keep themselves and others around them safe and free from a Florida scooter accident.
If you have been injured on a moped or scooter due to another driver’s negligence, please call the skilled Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyers at the Mallard Law Firm today at (888) 409-3805 for a free consultation.