Last week, a woman sustained major injuries after she was struck while riding an electric scooter near Wigwam Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. Electric scooters carry many risks. There are many ways cities and states have tried to combat these risks, including laws. If you ride an electric scooter in Las Vegas, it is important that you understand these laws. Here, we will go over Nevada’s electric scooter laws.
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Nevada’s Electric Scooter Laws
Nevada electric scooter laws can be found in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 484B.760 through 484B.790. Portions of these statutes will be provided below.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.760
NRS 484B.760 provides the following (in part):
- It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in NRS 484B.768 to 790, inclusive.
- The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit the child or ward to violate any of the provisions of chapters 484A to 484E, inclusive, of NRS.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.763
NRS 484B.763 provides the following, in part:
- Every person riding an electric scooter upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except as otherwise provided in NRS 484B.767 to 790, inclusive, and except as to those provisions of chapters 484A to 484E, inclusive, of NRS which by their nature can have no application.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.767
Under NRS 484B.767 certain persons operating electric scooter while on duty are not required to comply with laws in certain circumstances. The following are the certain persons listed in the statute:
- Peace officer
- Emergency medical technician
- Advanced emergency medical technician
- Employee of a pedestrian mall
The following are the certain circumstances listed in the statute:
- Responding to an emergency call or the peace officer is in pursuit of a suspected violator of the law.
- Determines that noncompliance with any such provision is necessary to carry out his or her duties.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.768
NRS 484B.768 provides the following (in part):
- Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, an operator of an electric scooter upon a roadway shall not turn from a direct course unless the movement may be made with reasonable safety and the operator gives an appropriate signal. The operator shall give the appropriate signal at least one time but is not required to give the signal continuously.
- An operator of an electric scooter is not required to give a signal if:
- The electric scooter is in a designated turn lane; or
- Safe operation of the electric scooter requires the operator to keep both hands on the electric scooter.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.769
Under NRS 484B.769 an operator of an electric scooter upon a roadway shall give all signals by hand and arm in the manner required by NRS 484B.420, except that the operator may give a signal for a right turn by extending his or her right hand and arm horizontally and to the right side of the electric scooter.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.770
NRS 484B.770 provides the following (in part):
- No electric scooter shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.773
NRS 484B.773 prohibits any person riding an electric scooter from attaching the electric scooter or their person to any vehicle upon a roadway.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.777
NRS 484B.777 provides the following (in part):
- Every person operating an electric scooter upon a roadway shall, except:
- When traveling at a lawful rate of speed commensurate with the speed of any nearby traffic;
- When preparing to turn left; or
- When doing so would not be safe,
ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
- Persons riding electric scooters upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, electric bicycles and electric scooters.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.780
NRS 484B.780 prohibits any person operating an electric scooter from carrying any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bars.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.783
NRS 484B.783 requires electric scooters to have lamps, reflectors, and brakes. It states the following (in part):
- Every electric scooter when in use at night must be equipped with:
- A lamp on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front;
- A red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department which must be visible from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle; and
- Reflective material of a sufficient size and reflectivity to be visible from both sides of the bicycle for 600 feet when directly in front of the lawful lower beams of the headlamps of a motor vehicle, or in lieu of such material, a lighted lamp visible from both sides from a distance of at least 500 feet.
- Every electric scooter must be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.785
NRS 484B.785 provides the following:
- Except as otherwise provided in an ordinance enacted pursuant to NRS 484A.469, an electric scooter may be operated:
- On a roadway, bicycle lane, path or route at a speed of not more than 15 miles per hour; and
- On a sidewalk and other pedestrian areas at a speed that does not exceed the limit set in an ordinance enacted pursuant to NRS 484A.469, if any.
- Except as otherwise provided in a specific statute or an ordinance enacted pursuant to NRS 484A.469:
- An electric scooter is subject to all the provisions of law applicable to bicycles and electric bicycles except those provisions which by their nature can have no application; and
- A person operating an electric scooter has the same rights and duties as a person operating a bicycle or an electric bicycle, except for those rights and duties which by their nature can have no application.
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