Elizabeth asked: 48 volt/700 watt e-scoot? Does a person need a license or license plate for this type of machine? The dealer clams neither is required, no pedals, 20MPH on flat surface. Thank you for any help. This is not a bicycle but a small scooter.
The dealer is wrong. Lacking a local ordinance to the contrary, motorized scooters cannot be legally operated on sidewalks or public roads in Florida.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(82) Motorized Scooter – Any vehicle not having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, designed to travel on not more than three wheels, and not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground.
s. 316.2128 – Operation of Motorized Scooters and Miniature Motorcycles; Requirements for Sales
(1) …. motorized scooters or miniature motorcycles …. are not legal to operate on public roads, may not be registered as motor vehicles, and may not be operated on sidewalks ….
The City of Fort Lauderdale passed a local ordinance allowing certain dockless mobility devices (electric scooters).
Operators must comply with s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations. I could not determine if the ordinance and rules also apply to privately owned scooters or just those owned by the designated rental organizations.