Are electric bicycles, scooters, and mopeds considered motorcycles?

Ohio’s motorcycle laws regulate motorcycles in the state of Ohio. These laws require that the motorcycle be registered, that the rider purchase motorcycle insurance, that the motorcyclist be properly licensed, and that motorcyclists adhere to traffic and safety laws.

Electric bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are gaining popularity. However, there is some confusion as to whether or not these modes of transportation are governed by the same laws as motorcycles. 

Electric Modes of Transportation Must Be Registered

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, if you want to ride an electric bicycle, motorized scooter, moped, or mini-motorcycle on a public roadway in Ohio, the vehicle must meet the following criteria listed below.

  • Be registered
  • Be titled
  • Be properly insured
  • Be operated by a licensed rider who is at least 16 years old

In this sense, the laws governing motorized scooters, mopeds, and electric bikes are nearly identical to those regulating motorcycles in the state.

The minimum insurance requirements for a motorcycle or another form of motorized bike/scooter is as follows.

  • $12,500 for bodily injury or death per person
  • $25,000 for bodily injury or death per accident
  • $7,500 for property damage liability per accident

Mopeds and Mini-Motorcycles Must Meet Safety Criteria

Not only must mopeds, mini-motorcycles, and other similar types of transportation be registered, insured, and driven by a licensed rider, they must also meet safety requirements.

  • Must have a seat or saddle
  • Cannot have more than three wheels
  • Must have headlights and brake lights
  • Must have a horn
  • Must have side view mirrors
  • Must have turn signals.

The only helmet requirement in Ohio is that all riders under the age of 17 wear a helmet. Riders under the age of 17 and adults must wear eye protection if their vehicle doesn’t have a face shield. Adult riders who aren’t sure if they should make the decision to wear a helmet should check out these helmet safety statistics for Ohio.

Learn More About Motorized Vehicle Accidents in Ohio

Riders on moped, mini-motorcycles, electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles are vulnerable to serious injuries in the event of an accident. If you’ve been injured in Ohio and have questions about liability or compensation, the attorneys at Bressman Law can help. We understand that knowing what to do isn’t always straightforward, and that’s why we’ll guide you through every step of the process.

If you have questions, let our attorneys assist you. Call us at 877-538-1116 today.