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What do traffic laws say about the electric scooter?

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Much has been said about traffic legislation regarding the circulation of self-propelled individual mobility equipment. That is, they move by means of their own propulsion, like electric scooters. 

Of course, it's not just buying a scooter and riding around with it. But did you know that not every electric scooter is considered a vehicle by the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB), which makes its regulation unfeasible? After all, this depends on the weight supported, the speed reached and the power of the electric motor.

Including, almost all models offered by Two Dogs are considered electric toys.

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Didn't get it right? Calm down and we'll explain it to you straight. Read on!

Is it a toy or a vehicle?

Firstly, it is important to make it clear that electric toys do not have a chassis or the possibility of being registered with the DETRAN. Therefore, there is no standardization at the national level. That is, its use on public roads must follow the traffic laws of the region in which you want to transit.

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Two Dogs scooters, for example, are considered self-propelled by current law because of the size of the chassis and overall length of the vehicle. Therefore, it is not necessary to register it and the driver does not need to have a driving license. However, the traffic rules must be respected as stipulated by the National Traffic Council (CONTRAN).

Just take a look?:

Resolution 315/2009 of CONTRAN

Paragraph 2 Self-propelled individual mobility equipment is exceptional from the equivalence provided for in the caput of this Article, its circulation being allowed only in pedestrian circulation areas, cycle paths and cycle lanes, provided the following conditions are met:

I – maximum speed of 6 km/h in pedestrian areas;

II – maximum speed of 20 km/h on cycle paths and cycle lanes;

III – use of speed indicator, bell and night signals, front, rear and side, incorporated into the equipment;

IV – width and length dimensions equal to or less than those of a wheelchair, specified by the Brazilian Standard NBR 9050/2004 and its updates. (Paragraph added by CONTRAN Resolution No. 375, of 03.18.2011, DOU 03.28.2011). 


§ 4? It will be up to the executive transit bodies and entities of the municipalities and the Federal District, within the scope of their circumscriptions, to regulate the circulation of self-propelled individual mobility equipment and electric bicycles referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this article.

That is, the rule provides that equipment whose measurements are equal to or smaller than that of a wheelchair do not need to be registered and can be carried by anyone. For this, they must be up to 1.15 m long, 70 cm wide and 92.5 cm high.

In addition, this type of model can run on sidewalks, as long as the speed is up to 6 km/h. Or else on bike lanes and lanes, with speed limited to 20 km/h. Finally, safety items such as a bell, speedometer and lighting are needed.

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What if the scooter is bigger than a wheelchair?

In that case, it can still be classified as an electric cycle, an equivalent to a moped. For this, you must follow the parameters below:

  • Maximum speed of up to 50 km/h;
  • Maximum weight (vehicle + driver) of up to 140 kg;
  • Power up to 4 kW.

And how are the national and local rules?

As we mentioned above, small electric vehicles are not yet regulated by the CTB. However, the topic has been studied by the National Traffic Department (Denatran).

In a note, the agency states that it has been discussing ?classification by type of vehicle, registration and licensing; qualification requirements; and the definitions related to the circulation of these transports, among other points”. But, despite the resolutions, even vehicles considered cycle-electric remain without national regulation.

At the local level, the city of Cascavel/PR, for example, recently discussed in the first round a Bill that makes the use of helmets mandatory for scooter drivers. The PL will still be discussed again before being forwarded to the mayor, who can sanction or veto it.

This measure has already been regulated in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but is still under discussion in other Brazilian states. 

Regulating the use of equipment that helps reduce the emission of polluting gases is undoubtedly a great social advance. But, until then, we advise users of Two Dogs products to consult the circulation rules with the DETRAN of their municipality. In this way, setbacks are avoided when using your scooter as a means of transport.

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