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Scooters targeted by Aspen cops

Aspen Times staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” There’s a huge increase in the number of gas-powered scooters sharing the traffic and parking lanes in town this summer, police say. As a result, the Aspen Police Department is reminding the public what motorized scooters can and cannot do.

The city has a long-standing policy that allows motorcycles, and now scooters, to park for free downtown. The policy allows free parking for motorcycles and scooters in areas at each end of city blocks signed “No Parking Here to Corner.” Elsewhere or in designated paid parking areas, scooters are subject to normal hourly parking fees.

Aspen police remind motorcycle and scooter users that safety precautions are the same as for driving a car.

“You would not drive your car with someone sitting on your lap or have a child between your legs as you drive,” Aspen police said in a statement. “This is dangerous and illegal. Cars are not allowed to park on the pedestrian malls or on sidewalks, neither are scooters or motorcycles.”

The most common scooter has a 49-cubic-centimeter gas engine. Here are the legal issues with that engine:

– You must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid automobile driver’s license from your home state or country.

– You do not need to have a motorcycle license to ride any gas scooter 49cc or smaller.

– A scooter with this engine size does not need a license plate or mandatory insurance.

The legal issues to consider with a gas engine 50cc or larger:

– You must have valid automobile and motorcycle license from your home state or nation.

– You must register your scooter and insure it.

– Colorado law states that if you cannot show proof of insurance for your automobile or scooter, your driver’s license can be suspended for one year.

Colorado is one of the few states in the country that does not have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law, but it does have a law, passed this summer, that mandates the use of helmets by motorcycle and scooter drivers and their passengers younger than 18.

Eye protection is mandatory for drivers and passengers of scooters and motorcycles. Eye protection is defined as “clear lens or sunglasses or the shield on your helmet.”

The windscreen on a motorcycle or scooter does not legally qualify as eye protection.

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