Ride-sharing scooters have quickly become a popular form of transportation across many California coastal cities including San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Especially in the beach areas like Pacific Beach (SD), Santa Monica Beach (LA), and Ocean Beach (SF), there is no shortage of motorized scooter riders available to ride. Electric scooters are frequently used by many different riders, and many aren’t aware of the laws related to riding a motorized scooter in California.
If you’ve been ticketed for this type of traffic violation, iTicket Fight can help! We guarantee that your motorized scooter ticket will get dismissed, or your money back (less $20 administrative fee). This includes all citations for motorized and electric scooters. We handle all of the following types of motorized / electric scooter tickets:
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As of 2018, the typical fine for most subsections of VC 21235 starts at $197, and this fine can range all the way up to $250 depending on the circumstances of the citation. By dismissing your ticket, iTicket Fight helps you save your time and money!
*All estimates include base fine, mandatory 20% California surcharge, and penalty fees and assessments.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a motorized scooter is any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, a floorboard that’s designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor.
As defined under CVC 407.5(a), a motorized scooter is:
Local municipalities can place their own governing policies over motorized scooters that override state laws. This means, while California have laws on electric scooters, any local laws take precedence.
Some of the most common laws in the area are:
Here’s a summary of some of the top laws around motorized / electric scooters.
CVC 21212 – Riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet.
CVC 21221 – can’t operate a motorized vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The same laws that apply to driving a car also apply to motorized scooters.
CVC 21224 – do not require vehicle registration like automobiles and motorcycles. No insurance or license plates are required.
CVC 21229 – a) whenever there is a bike lane, you must ride in it. B) you cannot leave the bike lane unless it’s reasonably safe and only after giving the appropriate signal to other vehicles around.
Exceptions where you can ride outside of the bike lane:
CVC 21230 – electric scooters may be operated on a trail, bicycle path, or bikeway; however, if the governing body of a local agency or local authority has jurisdiction over a trail, path, or bikeway then these governing bodies may prohibit the operation of a motorized / electric scooter by ordinance.
CVC 21235 – a motorized scooter cannot be operated:
When parking your electric scooter, you can’t leave it lying down on the sidewalk, or park it in a place that will block the pedestrian pathway.
No, getting a ticket for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorized / electric scooter does not put points on your California driver’s record.
No, you cannot ride an electric or motorized scooter on the sidewalk in California.
You can ride an electric scooter on trails, bicycle paths, bicycle ways, and class II bicycle lanes. If there is a bike lane, you have to ride in it.
Yes, you must have a California driver’s license to ride an electric scooter, and you must have it in your possession while you ride.
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