An Ohio House transportation budget bill now in the state Senate for consideration includes regulations over light-weight electric scooters, which have been showing up in some Ohio communities.
The two-year budget bill passed by the House last week creates several laws regulating the low-speed scooters currently regulated under various municipal rules.
Under House Bill 62, scooters couldn’t go over 15 mph, and would have to use lighting at night. Operators would have to yield to pedestrians at all times and give an audible signal when overtaking and passing a pedestrian.
People under age 16 would be prohibited from using the scooters allowed on public streets, highways, sidewalks, paths and bike lanes.
The bill also states scooters would be exempt from state registration, title and insurance requirements for vehicles.