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Motorized Scooters

Glendora residents are noticing an increase in the number of motorized scooters on the streets. The term “motorized scooters” applies whether or not the scooters are electrically or gas powered units. These scooters can become extremely dangerous for the people riding them if the riders are not familiar with some of the new laws governing their use. Parents who choose to allow their children to operate these motorized scooters must also ensure that their children meet the following legal requirements while on the city streets.     Scooter 
 

Motorized Scooter operators:

  • Driver must be at least 16 years old and have a Class C driver’s license or an instruction permit.
  • Must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly secured.
  • Must not carry passengers, packages or other articles that prevent them from having at least one hand on the handlebars.
  • Must follow the rules of the road.
  • Must ride in a Bike Lane when present.
  • Driver shall ride as close to the right curb as possible, except to pass or turn left.

A Motorized Scooter is required to have:

  • A brake on at least one wheel.
  • A scooter must have a muffler.
  • A white light to the front end and a red light to the rear if driven at night.
  • A white or yellow reflector on each side if driven at night.

A Motorized Scooter shall not:

  • Have a modified exhaust system in a manner that will amplify or increase the noise level emitted by the motor.
  • Be operated on the street if the speed limit of the street is over 25 miles per hour, unless a Bike Lane is present.
  • Be operated on the sidewalks.
  • Travel in excess of 15 miles per hour.

For the most part, the only streets in the City of Glendora that have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour are neighborhood residential streets. Please use extreme caution when driving near a scooter on the road. The Glendora Police Department will be enforcing the California Vehicle Code in regards to motorized scooters.

References:

Motorized Scooters

· http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/vc/tocd11c1a5.htm

Mini Motorcycles (Pocket Rockets)

· http:/www.chp.ca.gov/html/motors.html