CMPD Releases What You Need To Know About E-Scooter Laws And City Ordinances

CHARLOTTE, NC — As the popularity of electric scooters climbs in Charlotte, CMPD wants to make sure riders are informed of the laws and city ordinances that go along with this new mode of transportation.

E-scooters have become a new way to get around the Queen City when destinations are too close for a drive but too far for a walk. Many of the riders however, are not fully versed in the laws and ordinances that accompany them.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released the following things you need to know before stepping on for a ride:

Traffic Laws

Electric scooters are vehicles, therefore the same basic laws that pertain to bicycles apply to scooters as well. You must stop at all red lights/stop signs, yield to pedestrians, travel on the correct side of the road, etc. G.S. 20-4-01(49)

Impaired Driving/Riding

It is not legal to operate a scooter while impaired! You can be arrested and charged with DWI on an electric scooter. (again, these scooters are “vehicles”) G.S. 20-138.1

City Ordinance: Chapter 14

  • 15 MPH speed limit. (14-1)
  • Children under 16 must wear a helmet. (14-10(a))
  • Electric scooters may not be ridden on the sidewalks in the area bounded by Church St, Stonewall St, College St, and 7th St. (all scooters within that rectangle must be in the roadway while in operation). (14-251)
  • No more than one person can ride a scooter at a time. (14-255)

CMPD also asks riders not park electric scooters in the middle of the sidewalks. This is to ensure that the impaired mobility community can also navigate their way around town.