This week, Lyft announced they are removing their rentable electric scooters from six major cities in the United States. In case you are not familiar, these two wheeled, seatless devices are equipped with a motor to speed up average short-range commutes. 

Lyft and other companies place them around towns to entice walkers to rent one for a dollar, then pay per minute to ride. Let’s take a look at where they are being discontinued and why you are better off buying a motor scooter with a seat.

Where Lyft Scooters Are No Longer Available

According to a Lyft statement issued to CNN Business, “We’re choosing to focus on the markets where we can have the biggest impact.” Cities affected are as follows.

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona

Although a reason was not specified for most of these areas, Atlanta is an exception. Throughout 2019, approximately four deaths occurred involving an electric scooter, specifically those without a seat. As a result, the city council has banned nighttime scooter riding and prohibited new scooter dock permits from being issued. Charleston, SC banned these scooters earlier this year which was welcome news to us! These scooters clog up the side walks and streets and were becoming a big mess!

Why Scooters With Seats Are Better

Bintelli Powersports focuses on mopeds and scooters for sale in Charleston, SC that have seats and are street legal. In addition to being able to sit down while riding, most areas do not have an issue with the use of motor scooters equipped with a seat. Due to this, you can ride 49cc mopeds or other gas scooters for adults, regardless of what time it is, as long as you are older than 15.

So, feel free to safely marvel at the best gas scooters and mopeds for adults available on the Charleston market. Or even search “gas powered scooters for sale” if you want to find a reliable device you can sit down on while getting from point a to point b.

But tread carefully when searching for “cheap gas scooters for sale”. There are quite a few different types of motors used in the field. 150cc scooters, 50cc mopeds, and 49cc. Although these slight variations may not seem like a big deal, by law they are.

For example, in Charleston, South Carolina, to drive 150cc mopeds you need a motorcycle license, insurance, and helmet. In exchange, you can go full speed on roadways, including but not limited to freeways where the speed limit is higher than 55mph.

However, if you seek out a 50cc moped for sale instead, or anything smaller engine wise, the rules of the road are going to be different for you. See, by law, mopeds with 50cc engines or smaller are unable to get on the freeway and are limited to speeds of 35mph.

On the flip side of this situation, you are not required to have liability insurance for the device. And you can start driving one as early as 15, just remember to only drive in the daytime and wear a helmet. 

After your 16th birthday, the daylight rules appear to be lifted, however, the helmet requirement is mandatory until you turn 21. That said, consider keeping it on anyway as you ride your 50cc moped. Never know, it may save your life.

Give Bintelli Powersports a call at 843-405-8366 and we would be happy to assist you in finding the best Charleston Moped or Scooter to suit your needs!

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