Before riding your scooter on the roads, it is important that you learn the laws that specifically apply to scooters. Even though we are not required to teach the law, we feel that it's of the utmost importance to to give our customers as much information as we possibly can. With that being said, we've listed some information here regarding the laws here in Georgia. If you are taking the scooter out of state, we highly recommend that you contact the DMV of that particular state.
- Georgia defines a scooter under 50cc's a "Moped". A Moped is defined as any motor driven cycle with an engine not exceeding 50cc
- "Mopeds are exempt from the provisions relating to the registration and licensing of motor vehicles". In other words, you are not required to register, tag or have insurance on a scooter (moped) that is 50cc or less. (Note: Many people, dealers, manufacturers will use the term "50cc" when refering to these scooters. On your certificate of origin the cc's of the scooter will be just under 50cc's. All of our 50cc scooters are 49.5cc).
- "You must be at least 15 years of age and have in your possession a valid drivers license, instructional permit or limited permit".
- "You must wear protective headgear (motorcycle helmet)".
- "You must obey the same traffic laws governing drivers of motor vehicles".
- "May not use on limited access highways or other roadways where the minimum speed is above 35 mph". In other words, unless there is a minimum speed posted (like there is on I-75, I-85 etc..) you are allowed to drive your 50cc scooter on that road. Be aware that if you are driving on a 2 lane road and are holding up traffic (driving way under the speed limit), it is possible to be cited for obstructing traffic. If you are driving on a 4 lane highway where drivers have the ability to pass you, you should not have any problems.
- This information has been obtained from Georgia Dept. of Driver Services website. We highly recommend that you print the page and keep it with you in the scooter at all times.
- Any scooter that is 51cc and above are classified and defined as motorcycles. You are required to have a motorcycle license and tags for your scooter.
Scooters are great inexpensive transportation for commuting back and forth to work, or just riding around for fun! After all... it only takes a few bucks to fill up the tank and get over a 100 miles per gallon!
However, if you have never been on a scooter or a two wheel motorized vehicle before, there are some safety precautions that every rider should be well aware of and we've listed them here for you.
- Even though a scooter is not technically a motorcycle, it is classified as a motorcycle in Georgia and you still need to observe all the rules of the road as you would driving a car or any other motorized vehicles on the road. For the state of Georgia, you can download the Motorcycle Operator's Manual from the DMV.
- Wear bright reflective clothing such as a bright tee shirt, jacket, or vest.
- Always wear a DOT approved helmet, even if it's not required by law. (In Ga. it's the law)
- Don't ride in a motorist's blind spot.
- Don't speed! Speeding is a factor in many accidents. Obey the speed limit, and don't travel faster than your skill level can handle or than the conditions allow.
- Don't let other motorist suprise you. Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
- Signal well before you changing lanes or getting ready to turn. Consider learning hand signals for addtional safety.
- Never start your scooter while standing up; sit on it then start it. Never leave it unattended while the engine is running.
- Always keep both hands on the handlebars and feet on the floor board while in motion.
- Reduce your speed when riding on bumpy roads. Avoid hitting road hazards such as sharp bumps, holes, loose stones or gravel. These hazards can cause loss of control or damage your scooter.
- Be conscious of other motorists around you typically they are not looking for two wheel vehicles especially people talking on cell phones while driving!
- Own your lane! You have every right to be on the road just like the cars around you. Shift your position in your lane when necessary.
- Ride calm! Don't take off on your scooter while you are mad or upset, this can cause you not to pay attention and possibly cause an accident.
- Don't ride in the middle of the lane! This is extremely dangerous because all the oils from cars and trucks collect in the center and can cause slippery conditions. Ride where the tires would normally be for a car.
- Be extra careful when riding in the rain. Rain on the roads causes them to become slick because of all the oils. Wait at least 30 minutes after the rain has started to give the oils and water time to move off the roadways. Use caution while the roads are wet.