Legalize Motorized Scooters / Skateboards in the State of New Jersey sign now

Motorized stand-on scooter banishment in New Jersey began in January 2000 as the result of inexperienced children under the age of 14 getting injured while using motorized scooters on public streets or highways. The CPSC announced in January of 2000 that a total of 2,250 children had been injured in New Jersey due to lack of riders experience on such scooters. Desperate to avoid anymore injuries the state of New Jersey passed a law stating all motorized scooters must have liability insurance and comply with the standards of a vehicle at the Motorized Vehicle Commission. (This basically means we currently cant ride a motorized scooter on any public road.)

Under further examination, the majority of these injuries could have been avoided if the operator was using proper head and body safety protection, which should have been mandatory to begin with. The state of New Jersey acted irresponsibly by banning all motorized scooters in general as apposed to regulating the age of the operator and amount of safety protection needed to ride these vehicles. The General Assembly in Block Island says motorized scooters are fuel-efficient and ease traffic congestion. A motorized scooter built by Patmont Motor Werks, Go-ped, can get an access of 200 miles per gallon.

It is stated that riders must be informed "the agency wants to be sure that people understand that this is a dangerous toy," Martha Cowart, CPSC public affairs director said. "they have to treat it like a vehicle." If these motorized scooters are to be treated like a vehicle, they should be legalized and rules must be enforced stating how and/or when these scooters could be operated. Agencys now have proof that motorized scooters have been declared a more fuel efficient way of transportation. A trip to the local shopping center in your area could use gallons of precious gasoline in your car, when if using a motorized scooter you may not even use a liter. Carbon dioxide accumulation in our earths atmosphere has generated hurricanes, monsoon rains, withering heat, and droughts over the years. You are witnessing what decades of pollution are doing to our atmosphere. That blithering heat you face during the summer will only get worse the more you use your car. To emphasize the importance, many states have already relieved scooter riders of need for a motorcycle license when operating a motorized scooter. A person operating a motorized scooter should not subject to provisions relating to financial responsibility, registrations relating to financial responsibility, regulations, and license plate requirements, and, for those purpose, a motorized scooter will not be classified as a motor vehicle.

The following is a list of rules that should be CONSIDERED if motorized scooter laws are updated in New Jersey. You do not have to agree with these rules to sign.

(a) All riders operating must exceed the age of 16. A standard automobile class B provisional license is required (at least) to ride on public streets.
(b) All motorized scooters must be equipped with a front and rear reflector visible from 200-500ft away.
(c) All motorized scooters shall be ridden from the hours of 8AM 8PM.
(d) To legally ride motorized scooters on public roads or streets it must be in stock form, engines must be under 50ccs. No engine or exhaust modifications are allowed, excluding modifications that further reduce noise.
(e) The operator and motorized scooter shall function in a matter in which it is designed to operate with the amount of experience the rider has.
(f) The motorized scooter must have a disengagement button, switch or mechanism located somewhere on the handlebars or motor enabling the engine to disengage or cease to function.
(g) Motorized scooters are not permitted to be operated on public highways, and when being used on a public road, must be operated in the shoulder.

The operator of the motorized scooter shall not do any of the following:

(a) Operate a motorized scooter unless it is equipped with a brake
that will enable the operator to make a braked wheel skid on dry,
level, clean pavement.
(b) Operate a motorized scooter on a public road with a speed limit in
excess of 25 miles per hour.
(c) Operate a motorized scooter without wearing a properly fitted
and fastened full-face bicycle helmet that meets motorcycle standards.
(d) Operate a motorized scooter on public roads when the operator is under the age of 16 years.
(e) Operate a motorized scooter with any passengers in addition to
the operator.
(f) Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package, bundle, or
article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand
upon the handlebars.
(g) Operate a motorized scooter upon a sidewalk, except as may be
necessary to enter or leave adjacent property.
(h) Operate a motorized scooter on a public roadway with the handlebars
raised so that the operator must elevate his or her hands above the
level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering
grip area.
(i) Leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk,
or park a motorized scooter on a sidewalk in any other position, so
that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic.
(j) Attach the motorized scooter or himself or herself while on
the roadway, by any means, to any other vehicle on the roadway.

Again, the list above is just EXAMPLES of what would be reasonable rules if motorized scooters are un-banned. You do not have to agree with them to sign.

Banning motorized scooter use is a very quick and easy way to solve this problem. However I am not asking to remove the ban in its whole, but to legalize motorized scooters and place certain requirements that are needed when operating a motorized scooter on public roads.

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