Do I need a license or insurance for an electric bike or scooter?
Undoubtedly, you’ve seen a lot of e-bikes and electric scooters throughout Central Florida, and just recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill, HB 453, that legalizes electric scooters in Florida. HB 453 allows companies like Lime, Bird, and Uber’s own Jump Scooters to operate statewide. Future regulations will be determined by local jurisdictions going forward. And to answer the initial question, Florida e-cyclists do not have to have any sort of special license or registration or even obtain insurance for their e-bike or e-scooter.
How does Florida Law Apply to E-Bikes and Scooters?
Florida is among four states that define electric bicycles and scooters within the broader definition of “bicycle”. Defined by Florida Statute 316.003(4), as “every vehicle propelled solely by human power, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include a scooter or similar device.”
ELECTRIC E-BIKE and E-SCOOTER USER AGREEMENTS
When it comes to operating these e-bikes and scooters, there are two key pieces of information to know:
- Operators do not have to wear a helmet. (Although we recommend you do for your own safety). Those under the age of 16 may not operate an e-bike.
- And second, e-scooters and e-bikes are allowed to be operated in areas open to bicycle travel including roadways, paths, and sidewalks, though some local communities and government-regulated areas may pass their own restrictions. Check the rules in your area prior to riding.
Have You Been Injured in an Electric Bicycle or Scooter Accident
If you are injured in an accident with another vehicle while obeying traffic laws, you may be able to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. Obtaining the help of an attorney that is experienced in bicycle cases will help you get the maximum compensation available.