California Vehicle Code, Section 407.5 defines a Motorized Scooter as:
"A motorized scooter is any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric motor...(or) a source other than electric power."
The most common motorized scooter is powered by a two-cycle engine similar to gas-power blower.
Te fact that motor scooters are sold in stores does not mean they are always legal on our roadways. The rules, regulations, and restrictions for motorized scooters can be found in California Vehicle Code, Sections 21220.5 through 21235.
However, a parent's decision to buy one for a child should be based upon the operator of a motorized scooter on a public roadway must:
Other important rules:
Yes. It is a misdemeanor to operate a motorized scooter without a valid California Driver's license, per California Vehicle Code 12500a. Operating a motorized scooter without a license is punishable by fine, and the motorized scooter may be impounded for up to 30 days.
Motor scooter engines cannot exceed 82 decibels. Most factory-equipped models fall below 82 decibels. However, some people modify scooter mufflers to exceed these noise levels.
The average patrol officer does not carry a decibel meter. If you have a problem in your neighborhood, call the Stockton Police Department Traffic Section and request a Traffic Officer to respond and test the noise level of the engine.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/23/2015