How many people can ride on a scooter at once?

by Charles
(Auburn, IN)

I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how many people a scooter is allowed to carry. A cop told me that two people can not ride a scooter at once. Is that right?

ANSWER: Charles, I have never read any laws during my research that 2 people cannot ride on a scooter. In fact, many scooters are specifically designed to carry a rider behind the driver, with extra seat space, foot pegs and backrests.

However, I do think 50cc scoots might struggle with a passenger, which might make them so heavy and slow them down so much they can't keep up with traffic on the road. Could that have been the issue in your case?

If you can give us more information about what you're driving and where you live, we may be able to offer more definitive information.


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May 24, 2012
It is a weight factor NEW
by: californyakid

Most scooters have a weight factor. My scooter (Reflex 250) is rated for 300 pounds. It is size of the springs and what the motor can pull. Of course any motor can pull weight but it about how much tork you making the engine pull.

Most scooter 125 and about can carry passengers but just remember the the weight factor

Mar 11, 2011
Your local laws may differ!
by: Rick Rudge

Hi Charles,

Naturally, you need to look at your own local area's laws and how they apply to the rules of Scooter/Moped riding. My 50cc scooter's Owners Manual says that it can ride with two people (although it would be cramped). However, some laws pertaining to mopeds are different from motorcycles and if you have two people on the scooter, you may need a motorcycle endorsement. It really depend upon your own state laws.

Go to your Department of Motor Vehicles and pick up a manual (some states have a separate manual for motorcycle riders too) and read up on what the law says. The fact that you had to ask tells me that you need to look up what your responsibilities are as a scooter rider. Best of luck and happy riding.


Sep 20, 2010
by: Zoomie

Yup, in my home country it's true. 5 people per scooter. Reasons why it happens there:

1. They're poorer there and that's their only mode of transporation. As Americans, we're spoiled enough to ride for luxury or entertainment.

2. The scooter to car ratio is a lot different there. Tons more scooters. It's safer to run into a scooter than a car. Chances in China are just that. Whereas here in the States or other more developed countries where cars are the main mode of transportation on public roads, cars are our main enemy.

So 2 per scooter is the safe bet. Safer bet is just one.

May 16, 2010
I've seen up to five
by: Anonymous

I started thinking about trading my $10 day parking habit for a scooter when I spent a couple of weeks in a small city in Taiwan, where the roads are crawling with scooters. I saw several scooters with families of five perched on top, zooming down the road in the rain. Mom in front, Dad behind, a kid on Mom's lap, another on Dad's shoulders, and a third standing behond Dad, perched on the fender or something. Not something I'd recommend, especially since only the "driver" was wearing a helmet, but the scooter's motor didn't seem to have any trouble carrying the load.

May 03, 2010
How many?
by: Anonymous

Ask an Asian. I've seen photos of up to six people (a whole family) on a Vietnamese or Taiwanese scooter.

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