posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 10:15 PM
Here is the deal. My fiance recently bought an electric scooter. It looks something like a cross between a toy and maybe something serious. She
rode it up and down the street and I got to hand it to her, the thing actually works well. You simply plug it in overnight and it is good for short
commutes. She intends to ride it back and forth to work, a 1.8 mile jaunt.
Now I was against this in the beginning, because I did not want to see her waste her money on some piece of junk, but now I can see that it might work
out. The problem is our state law excludes any electric scooters from street use unless they are titled and registered, with the exception of
personal mobility devices. Okay fine. I pulled up the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) and the definition of a personal mobility device apart from what is
considered an electric motor scooter is this:
(TT) “Electric personal assistive mobility device” means a self-balancing two non-tandem wheeled device that is designed to transport only one
person, has an electric propulsion system of an average of seven hundred fifty watts, and when ridden on a paved level surface by an operator who
weighs one hundred seventy pounds has a maximum speed of less than twenty miles per hour.
Now what I see as the loophole is this; I can attach these $17 retractable training wheels I saw at Wal-Mart and then this electric scooter now
becomes a personal assistive mobility device.
Here's how. The first clause of this law is that it be self-balancing. Any object with 3 or more points of contact with the ground will be self
balancing in a static condition. Secondly, with additional wheels, the scooter no longer can be defined as exclusively a tandem two-wheeled vehicle.
Also, an average power of 750 watts does not state what the set of data the average is taking into account - this sentence is too vague. Finally, I
can limit the current to the motor to assure it will comply with the speed requirement.
Other than this, it has all the functioning safety components required for street operation.
I do not see the reason that something like this needs to be titled, tagged, and insured, just as a bicycle does not need any of this.
Do you think my arguments would win a case if she were cited for riding an electric motor scooter on the street if I made this case that it was a
personal mobility device?
[edit on 24-11-2007 by ben91069]