Beware the scooter ban
June 3, 2005
With summer approaching, Carson City Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Schuette is reminding parents and children: Unless your motorized scooter or pocket bike is sporting the right equipment, don’t ride it in Carson City.
“School’s letting out in a week and we are concerned that the use will go back up,” he said. In September, the Carson City Sheriff’s Department began enforcing a ban aimed at keeping inexperienced riders off the streets.
“They are dangerous. We frequently see kids as young as 8 or 9 years old on a pocket bike that will exceed 30 miles per hour, with no experience in riding a motorized vehicle in traffic. It’s a safety hazard for them and for other riders too.”
Schuette said gas- and electric-powered bikes, scooters and go-carts meet the legal definition in Nevada for a motor vehicle. As such, the driver must have a valid driver’s license, the vehicle must have a working horn, turn indicators, a rearview mirror and tail lamps.
Because the vehicles generally have a gas engine 49cc or smaller, they are not required to be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Anything over 49cc requires registration and a specialized license.
A pocket bike, a 3-by-2-foot motorized mini motorcycle, can hold a person who weighs up to 200 pounds and can reach speeds up to 45 mph.
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Schuette said if children are spotted riding the vehicles on public roads and sidewalks, citations will be issued.
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• Driving without a valid driver’s license, $187
• Driving on a revoked license, $500
• No rearview mirror, $67
• No horn, $67
• No taillights, $67
• Riding on sidewalk, $67