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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2020 10:45 AM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Including "Electric Low Speed Scooters" in Title 75

In the near future, I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 542 of last session. This legislation would amend Title 75 (Vehicles) to define “electric low-speed scooters” (“Low-Speed Scooters”) and apply our best-in-class laws governing Pedalcycles (bicycles) and Pedalcycles with Electric Assist (electric bicycles) to Low-Speed Scooters.

Low-Speed Scooters are small electric or human powered vehicles with two or three wheels, handlebars and a floorboard that can be stood upon while riding. They weigh less than 100 pounds and go no more than twenty miles per hour on level ground.

The scooters provide innovative, flexible, and low-cost transportation to tens of millions of riders across the country. They help relieve traffic congestion, pollution and stress by reducing car trips and increasing access to public transit.

Because these devices travel at low speeds and weigh less than 100 pounds, states across the country have incorporated Low-Speed Scooters into their motor vehicle codes by regulating them like Pedalcycles (or bicycles). However, Pennsylvania is quickly falling behind other places that have already embraced this next generation of transportation.

Please join me in supporting this legislation.

Introduced as SB892