In some cases, more than one party contributed to your accident under New Jersey`s scooter laws. For example, a driver may not have given up the right of way, making them responsible for your injuries. If you have ridden a rental scooter, the leasing company may also take responsibility for this. For example, the company may have failed to maintain the scooter, ignored safety requirements, or failed to advise you on the safe use of the machine. The trend of using scooters in urban areas has many advantages, including an inexpensive alternative to vehicles or public transport, a “greener” mode of transport, and a fun way to explore a city or just enjoy the ride. However, injuries among scooter riders continue to rise. Due to their prevalence in densely populated urban areas, scooter riders are exposed to traffic, other pedestrians, and bad luck. Busy cities are experiencing an increase in accidents of all kinds, and scooters are no exception. When driving, follow all New Jersey scooter laws. As with bicycles, helmets provide significant protection against head injuries, one of the leading causes of serious injuries and deaths caused by scooters. h. A low-speed electric bicycle or low-speed electric scooter is considered a motor vehicle to the extent required by 23 U.S.C.
s.154. f. The driver of a low-speed e-bike or low-speed e-scooter is not required to register the low-speed e-bike or low-speed e-scooter, provide proof of insurance or hold a driver`s license. As Governor Phil Murphy continues to work to strengthen New Jersey`s innovation economy, he today signed a bill (S731) that includes regulations for the use of low-speed e-scooters and e-bikes. The bill provides that motorized scooters and e-bikes that can travel 20 miles per hour or slower will be regulated in the same way as regular bicycles, allowing them to operate on roads, highways and bike lanes in the state. A slow e-bike or scooter rider is not required to register the scooter or e-bike, provide proof of insurance, or have a driver`s license. The bill further provides that all laws, rules and regulations that apply to regular bicycles will apply to slow electric bicycles and motorized scooters. This bill will help encourage the use of sharing platforms that allow individuals to rent motorized scooters and e-bikes for a short period of time as an alternative to a car ride. The bill`s main sponsors were Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Shirley Turner, Representative Raj Mukherji and Representative Jamel Holley.
“Electric bikes and motorized scooters offer a fantastic alternative to cars, and their use will help reduce both emissions and congestion in our cities,” said Governor Murphy. “As we seek to support New Jersey`s innovation economy, this bill will help promote a true overhaul of urban commuter traffic.” “E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular across the country, with many choosing this green mode of transportation as an alternative to the wheel,” said Senator Greenstein. “They are easy to use, affordable and allow the driver greater mobility. They are environmentally friendly and reduce traffic congestion. This legislation reaffirms New Jersey`s ongoing commitment to a healthy environment. “This will help bring transportation in New Jersey into the 21st century. Especially in our metropolitan areas, electric bikes and scooters can provide a much cheaper mode of transportation than a car,” said Senator Turner. “In addition, electric bikes and electric scooters are part of our efforts to achieve a more sustainable and environmentally friendly state.” “Allowing the use of low-speed e-bikes supports our efforts to protect the environment by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said MP Mukherji. “By bringing our motor vehicle laws into the 21st century.
We will enable the introduction of electric bikes into Jersey City`s bike-sharing program and expand transportation options for New Jerseys. “We can make room for all vehicles that can share the road with the right policies,” said Rep. Holley. “For residents who need to use electric scooters or those who borrow an electric bike from a bike, regulations ensure their safety in New Jersey.” “Today, the Governor and Legislature of New Jersey took a significant step forward in addressing climate change, traffic congestion and the high cost of travel by passing statewide rules that encourage the adoption of e-scooters and e-bikes,” said David Estrada, chief policy officer at Bird.