E-scooters are a popular form of transportation in Sacramento. People of all ages can be seen riding them, but it seems many don’t realize some of the rules and regulations in place when they rent them. Because of that, Sacramento officials are looking to implement new laws.
Currently, California state law requires an electric scooter speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Anyone under the age of 18 is supposed to wear a helmet. While those rules are generally known, people may not realize that a Class C driver’s license, the same license needed to operate a car, is required to operate an e-scooter.
CBS Sacramento spoke with frequent e-scooter renters and discovered that the apps do not ask for driver’s license information. Riders are only required to put their debit card information in to purchase the rental.
In an attempt to curb underage riding, the City of Sacramento plans on looking at its local laws next month. Potential additions to current ordinances include requiring driver’s license scans or audits and increased outreach and awareness through push notifications. The Sacramento Police Department could also be in charge of assigning penalties for riders who allow others to use their account.
Currently, the City of Sacramento provides a free Urban Cycling and Scooting 101 class to the public once a month; however, it’s unclear how many people take advantage of that opportunity. According to city officials, e-scooters are the fastest-growing segment of the local transportation market. Jump, Lime, Spin, and Bird can be found throughout the city.
If new regulations are implemented, it could reduce the risk of injuries and potential accidents for e-scooter riders. In early 2020, JAMA Surgery published a study that discussed the dramatic increase in electric scooter injuries. Sacramento was one of the cities researchers looked at. People under the age of 34 accounted for the largest share of hospital admission, including children under 18.
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