Scooters have become a popular and sensible transportation option. Many people perceive them to be safer and easier to handle than a motorcycle. The reality is that any two-wheel vehicle takes a different skill set to maneuver our streets.
Here you can find information on Georgia laws, safe operation and frequently asked questions!
What are the Georgia scooter laws?
Georgia Laws for Scooters/Mopeds < 50cc
If your moped’s engine is 50cc or less, Georgia moped laws do not require you to have a Class M license. Small mopeds are exempt from the regular licensing and registration/tag rules.
The DDS does provide a few specific rules you’ll still need to follow in order to legally operate a moped 50cc or less.
- You have to be at least 15 years old and carry your driver’s license or permit on you while operating the moped.
- You have to wear a motorcycle helmet.
- You have to obey the same traffic rules that other motor vehicles follow.
- You cannot ride on roadways where the minimum speed limit is greather than 35 mph.
Georgia Laws for Scooters > 50cc
If you have a moped with an engine size of 51cc or higher, you’ll need a Class M license. The four basic requirements for a Class M are listed below.
- You must be at least 17 years old. (If you’ve not yet 18, your parents must sign your driver’s license application.)
- You have to score at least a 15/20 on a Knowledge Exam. This exam has two parts: the Road Rules Test and the Road Signs Test.
- You have to pass a Road Test, which assesses your control of the motorcycle and your hazard-response skills.
- You have to pass a Vision Exam.
Vehicle REQUIRES registration and Insurance
How do I choose the right helmet?
Motor scooters are subject to the same rules of the road as any other motor vehicle. As with any two-wheeled vehicle, there are inherent dangers in the operation when sharing the road with larger vehicles. The accidents that occur with motor scooters, however, are not consistent with those of larger and faster motorcycles, due to their small size and slow speeds. Typical motor scooter accidents are:
Rear end collisions – A motor scooter traveling below the speed limit in a traffic lane may not be seen in time for an approaching driver to slow down. Because they are motor vehicles, scooter are not permitted in bike lanes forcing them to ride in the faster car lanes regardless of how high the speed limit.
Loss of control – Because of their lightweight, small tires, and the high center of gravity of the rider, a sudden maneuver or poor road surface can cause a spill.
Door strikes – Scooters often ride close to parked cars on urban streets to avoid blocking fast traffic making them susceptible to opening car doors.
Sideswipes – Riders of motor scooters traveling between lanes of slowed or stopped traffic is at risk of being struck by a vehicle changing lanes. Drivers may not be aware of a scooter in slow or normal traffic due to their small size and quiet operation. To be safe, riders of motor scooters should drive as if no one can see them.
Scooter rider's best defense against serious injuries due to an accident, is using common sense. Using the scooter for the type of transportation for which it is designed will avoid many dangerous situations. To increase safety and reduce the chance of injury some good tips are:
Stay on local and lightly traveled streets
Avoid roads where speed limits greatly exceed the top speed of the scooter
Do not travel between lanes of slow traffic which is called lane-splitting or close to parked cars
Avoid riding in wet weather if possible
Wear a helmet – Wearing one could prevent a serious traumatic brain injury.
Wear bright clothing for increased visibility.
Riders of motor scooters face many of the same risks as bicycle riders do. The one differentiating factor is they do not have the advantage of designated space and must share the roads with much larger and faster vehicles. Many of these vehicles are being driven by drivers who are distracted that will not see them.
Always remember that you don't have the same protection as in a car