SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department is concerned about the increasing number of “scooters” on city streets, and says some people who use them commit traffic violations. Those violations include exceeding the posted speed limits, failing to signal turning movements, improper lane usage, driving without a license, and driving while intoxicated.
A scooter is defined as a "motorized bicycle" by state law as any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than 50 cubic centimeters, which produces less than three gross brake horsepower, and cannot have a maximum speed of more than 30 miles per hour on flat ground.
Police officers see many of the newer scooters that easily exceed 30 mph. By state law, once the scooter is capable of exceeding 30 mph, it is considered a motorcycle and is subject to all the normal motorcycle rules and regulations, which states the scooter must be registered as a motorcycle (displaying license plates) and the driver must have a motorcycle endorsement on their valid driver’s license.