En EspaƱol

Prohibitions for the Operation of Motorized Scooters

California vehicle code 21235 details exactly what is prohibited while operating a motorized scooter. This is important because, though motorized scooters have engines like cars, they are often subject to different traffic laws.

Where motorized scooters can operate is one of the points that deviates from laws governing cars. Scooters are not to be driven on a highway with a speed limit over 25 miles per hour unless the motorized scooter is driven in a class II bicycle lane.

Motorized scooter operators are never allowed to carry a passenger on the motorized bike, or any object that would prevent the driver from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. It is further prohibited for a motorized scooter to be driven on a highway with the handlebars raised such that the driver must place his hands above shoulder-level in order to hold the steering area. A comfortable steering position must always be assumed in order for safe operation of a motorized scooter.

Motorized scooters are not to be operated if the driver is not wearing proper safety equipment. A secure bicycle helmet, that meets the standards described in Section 21212, must be worn by the driver while operating the scooter.

Drivers of motorized scooters are not allowed to operate scooters that have insufficient brakes. Motorized scooters must be equipped with a brake that allows the operator to make the wheel skid on dry pavement when the brake is applied.

Motorized scooters must operate on their own. The driver is prohibited from attaching himself or herself to another vehicle, or attaching any part of the scooter to another vehicle while in operation.

Motorized scooters are prohibited from operating on sidewalks, as doing so would put pedestrians in danger. Scooter are allowed to cross sidewalks only to leave a property and join traffic on the road. It follows that drivers of motorized scooters are not allowed to park their scooters on a sidewalk, in any position. Obstructing the sidewalk for pedestrian traffic prohibited.

Similar to cars and any other motor vehicle, an operator is unlawful to drive a motorized scooter with out a valid driver's license or instructional permit.


Have you been in an accident because someone violated ?


Talk to Us About It!


Get a Free Case Consulation Today!



Read About Our Raffle!

All Bisnar Chase clients have a chance to win a samsung tablet, disneyland tickets, or a $250 amazon gift card every quarter.

FAQs About Car Accident Injuries

Some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents and the experience of hiring a lawyer.

Resources for Personal Injury

A compiled list of resources for those who need to know more about personal injury law.

Personal Injury Books

Books by Bisnar Chase to keep people informed about personal injury. Accident victims can get a free copy!


Have a question that wasn't answered here?

CALL US!
(800) 561-4887

Was This Page Helpful? Yes | No

See All Ratings And Awards

The BISNAR CHASE Difference

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “If you hire Bisnar | Chase and we don't recover money for you in your case, you owe us absolutely nothing.”

    Brian Chase

    on whether or not you would owe money if your case was lost

  • “Whatever the philosphy of the management is, is going to be carried through by the employees and it’s going to reflect on the experience the clients have.”

    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “The insurance companies are going to be investigating that accident the day it happens. You need to have a lawyer on your side the day it happens as well.”

    Brian Chase

    on when you should contact an attorney

  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

    John Bisnar

    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “It's hard to answer that question right up front without a thorough analysis. What I can guarantee you is, with the resources of Bisnar | Chase we will maximize the value of your case.”

    Brian Chase

    on what your case is worth

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660

local: (949) 203-3814
Get Directions

California Personal Injury Blog