A recently proposed bill in Austin would make it illegal for people under the age of 16-years-old to operate e-scooters.
This bill, which is currently known as S. B. No. 549, would require that all e-scooter users in Texas have a valid driver’s license. E-scooter users would also be required to ride only in designated areas, such as bicycle lanes.
Under current Texas law, it’s legal to operate e-scooters that travel over 35 miles per hour. S. B. No. 549, however, would lower this speed limit to 15 miles per hour.
- B. No. 549 would also make it illegal for more than two people to ride an e-scooter at the same time.
Anyone can read through this new bill by clicking on this official link.
Issues With E-Scooters In Texas
Many major Texan cities like Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have embraced dockless e-scooters. Although many residents enjoy the conveniences these devices offer, others complain about these devices being tossed in hazardous areas.
Unfortunately, many people in Texas don’t know the basics of e-scooter law. A recent survey in Dallas revealed that most e-scooter riders thought it was OK to ride these devices on sidewalks. Employers should also be aware of potential scooter user’s workers’ compensation claims, as well.
Austin is trying to combat the common issue of parking on sidewalks by setting aside certain areas of the city as designated e-scooter parking spots. You can find all of the locations for these parking spots on this University of Austin’s webpage.
Confused About E-Scooter Law? Call The Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos & Associates
It’s undeniably: e-bikes and e-scooters are invading many Texan cities. As cities introduce this new promising new technology, it’s unsurprising that there’s been an uptick in accidents related to e-scooters.
Just because e-scooters are new, however, doesn’t mean you have no rights when involved in a crash. If you’re involved in an e-scooter-related crash, then you need to get in touch with the team at the Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos & Associates.
Our lawyers keep up-to-date on the Lone Star State’s policies regarding e-scooters and e-bikes. On your free consultation call, we will take the time to hear the details of your case and help you understand what you’re owed.
To reach the Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos & Associates, please call (713) 333-7025