Motor Scooter

Question

Ricardo asked: I live in Palm Beach County. Thinking of buying this e-bike, the Jetson Bolt: https://ridejetson.com/products/bolt-electric-bike
Is this legal in Palm Beach County? It lies somewhere in-between the definitions of bicycle, minibike, and moped. It has max speed of 16mph, 250w motor, does not have pedals, is powered exclusively by the electric motor. It would be great if I could ride this in the bike-lanes, but I don’t want to buy an e-bike if they’re not street-legal in Florida.

Answer

Your vehicle is not an ebike satisfying the definition of bicycle since it cannot be operated with a combination of human and electric assist motor power.

s. 316.003Definitions

(4) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride ….

It cannot be registered as a moped since it does not have pedals.

(40) Moped –  Any vehicle with pedals to permit propulsion by human power ….

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