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Scooters & Mopeds Classification, Use & Operation

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Personal Injury

The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. discuss the law in Florida pertaining to the classification, use and operation of scooters and mopeds. Unless expressly exempted by state law, or amended by local law, the rules for motor vehicles, contained within Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law, also apply to many low-speed vehicles, such as mopeds and some motorized scooters. This means that the drivers and passengers of these vehicles are subject to, but also entitled to all the duties applicable to other motorists.

In order to understand the rules of use and operation of scooters and mopeds, it is first necessary to know the classification of such vehicles under Florida Law. Pursuant to Florida Statute §§ 316.003 (77) and (82):

Motorized Scooter. Any vehicle not having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, designed to travel on not more than three wheels, and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground.

Moped. Any vehicle with pedals to permit propulsion by human power, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels; with a motor rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground; and with a power-drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting gears by the operator after the drive system is engaged. If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.

If you travel via moped or scooter, you may already be aware of the manner in which Florida classifies your vehicle. Establishing vehicle classification will allow you to best understand the rules of use and operation. The following table is provided for further clarification.

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In determining which rules under Florida law will apply to the use of a specific low-speed motorized vehicle, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

First, many provisions contained within Florida’s Uniform Traffic Control Law group regulations for certain types of vehicles with others, such as motorcycles with mopeds, or motorized scooters with mini-motorcycles.

Second, depending on the type of low-speed vehicle, the classification for licensing requirement may differ from the classification for driving purposes. For example, a scooter may be classified as either a motor vehicle or motorcycle for licensing requirements, but a motorcycle for driving requirements. Likewise, a moped or goped may be classified as a motor vehicle for licensing purposes, but a moped or motorized scooter driving purposes.

Third, a county or municipality may enact an ordinance to permit, control, or regulate the operation of a scooter or moped, such as restricting their use altogether in certain areas, or permitting use upon a sidewalk. It is important to know the local laws that apply to the use of a vehicle in a specific location. For more information on local regulation, you can visit the official websites for the particular area where the low-speed vehicle was used.

Through understanding the rules and regulations applicable to both the vehicle and location of use, motorists can more safely share our roadways. Although the prevention of accidents is a goal we should all keep in mind, we can neither predict nor control the actions of others. If you or a loved one were involved in a moped or scooter accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury or loss.

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