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MOTORIZED SCOOTERS IN MISSOURI MOTORIZED SCOOTERS REQUIRE LICENSE

One question I get a lot is, “if I lose my driver’s license can I still operate a motorized scooter without it?”

As you have probably guessed, this comes up in situations where people are facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are commonly referred to as DWI or DUI charges.

One of my main goals in those cases is to help you keep your license. But sometimes that is very difficult to do, especially if you are on your second or third offense. People will ask me if they can operate a motorized scooter if they lose their driver’s license. Motorized scoters are referred to in Missouri law as motorized bicycles.

Legal Definition

A motorized bicycle is defined as any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with cylinder capacity of not more than 50 cubic centimeters, which produces less than three gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than 30 mph on level ground. Missouri law states that motorized bicycles, commonly referred to as scooters, can be operated on public streets and highways if the driver holds a valid license. If you can’t legally drive a car, you can’t drive a motorized bicycle or motorized scooter on the road.

Remember there are numerous ways a person can lose their driver’s license in Missouri. Our laws on driver’s licenses are pretty dumb. They do not take into account that Missouri has terrible mass public transportation. So, what happens is people keep driving because they need to go to work. They then take the risk of getting another ticket for driving while suspended or revoked. That results in another suspension for one year.

So, lose your driver’s license and you are going to be faced with a number of difficult choices. Getting a motorized scooter is not one of them.

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