Randy asked: I have a Huffy Buzz battery powered scooter. It has a top speed of 11mph. I was stopped by an Orange County sheriff today and he said the only place I can drive it is my driveway.
I am seeing lots of info here about ebikes, scooters, etc, but nothing seems definitive for me. It has no pedals, so that may make a difference. Can I ride this on sidewalks, streets, bike lanes or just in my driveway?
Motor vehicles operated on the roadway must be registered with the DMV. The bike lane is part of the roadway. Your vehicle is considered a motor vehicle by the statute concerning registration, but does not meet the requirements for a type of vehicle that may be registered.
s. 322.01 – Definitions
(27) “Motor vehicle” means any self-propelled vehicle, including a motor vehicle combination, not operated upon rails or guideway, excluding vehicles moved solely by human power, motorized wheelchairs, and motorized bicycles as defined in s. 316.003.
Additionally, your scooter would likely be considered a “toy vehicle, or similar device” and may not be used in the roadway.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(11) No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, may go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk; and, when so crossing, such person shall be granted all rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians.
You may not operate your electric scooter under motor power on the sidewalk, sidewalk area or bike path.
s. 316.1995 – Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1) …. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
The officer is correct, except that you may also operate your scooter on other private property in addition to your driveway. You would need permission if you don’t own the property.