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Scoot Networks, Hyped Scooter-Sharing Service, Might Run Afoul of State Law

You may remember that I recently posted about the new electric scooter rental service in San Francisco.

Well, it seems they could be scuppered by local interpretation of the law requiring scooter riders to obtain a “special license”

Coverage of the company on Fast Company’s website asserted that “riding a rented scooters (sic) doesn’t require any special certification,” a similar article on Wired’s site says that “the scooters max out at 30 mph, negating the need for a motorcycle license,” and yet another piece on GigaOm says Scoot Networks’ rides are “low-power enough that the driver doesn’t need a motorcycle license.”

Keating tells the Appeal that it’s the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s laws around rentals that keep Scoot Networks’ riders from having to go through the usual $31 application fee, motorcycle learner’s permit (that means no night driving), written test, and either a driving test (administered at the DMV) or proof that you completed California Motorcyclist Safety Program to get the M2 license required for scooter drivers in California.

Keating referred me to CVC§ 12804.9 (h), which says that people with regular drivers’ licenses can rent a vehicle “for up to 48 hours. It’s a function of the vehicle not being very powerful…it’s in the same regulatory category as a moped,” he said.

DMV spokesperson Jessica Gonzalez isn’t so sure.

Referring me to the DMV’s page Motorcycles, Mopeds and Scooters Defined, Gonzalez confirmed after looking at the aforementioned coverage on Scoot Networks that the electric scooters used by the company “would require an M2 endorsement,” that is, a license that would allow a rider to “operate any motorized bicycle or moped or any bicycle with an attached motor,” per the DMV.

And it’s not just the DMV: “California Highway Patrol (CHP) agrees with DMV’s position that these scooters would require an M2 endorsement, pursuant to California Vehicle Code §406 (a),” Gonzalez said.

It will be interesting to watch how his one pans out. For more details, head over to the source: The San-Francisco Appeal

Scoot Network Launches Electric Scooter Sharing in San Francisco

A company called Scoot Networks yesterday announced a dream to place electric scooters – which can be rented by the hour, or by the minute – in every city.

They aim to create “pods” in convenient locations where customers can pick up and return the scooters.

Currently, the service is in “closed alpha” mode – meaning it’s not yet open to the public.

Scoot Networks is buying up a model of electric scooter from a Chinese manufacturer to populate its fleet.

The scooters have a maximum speed of 30 MPH, which means that you won’t need a motorcycle license to ride them.

Their aim is to first create a network of scooter “pods” outside of work-spaces and company campuses, and the next phase will be to liaise with public transportation, and, finally to open up to the public when the infrastructure reaches “critical mass”.

Monthly subscription for this service is expected to be between $100 and $150.

Curiously, they are operated by putting “your iPhone” into the dashboard.
I guess that means us Blackberry users or Android enthusiasts have to walk.

Your Next Scooter?

I came across this article by Yi Chen about a new and interesting electric scooter:

“Simply dubbed the Boxx, this electric vehicle rethinks the traditional design of motorbikes with a minimalistic and stylish approach. The square bike is built using light-weight aluminum and is strong enough to support 300 pounds of weight. It can travel up to 35 miles per hour and can go 80 miles with a single charge.”

 

You think you get some funny looks now?

Full article here.