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Motorized Play Vehicles

The city is currently seeking input on the use of Motorized Play Vehicles. 


What is a Motorized Play Vehicle?

A coaster, scooter, any other alternatively fueled device (excluding battery operated toy carts designed for children under the age of eight (8) years to ride in or on) or other motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor or engine and which is not otherwise defined in A.R.S. Title 28, as a "motor vehicle," "motor-driven cycle" or "motorized wheelchair." (Kingman) 


Key provisions in the current ordinance:  

  • Operators must be at least 14 years of age and operators under 18 must wear a helmet
  • Motorized skateboards cannot be operated on a roadway where with a speed limit greater than 25 mph.
  • Motorized skateboards cannot be operated on a sidewalk, bicycle path, bicycle lane, the multi use path system and in crosswalks.
  • Motorized skateboards cannot be operated on private property without written permission of the property owner.
  • Operators cannot transport passengers nor ride more than two abreast.


  • The City of Scottsdale has regulated the operation of motorized skateboards since December 16, 1996, when the City Council passed Ordinance No. 2974. The ordinance has not been revised since 1996.
  • In April 2004, the City of Tucson banned motorized skateboards and similar vehicles on public roadways.
  • The City of Phoenix followed with a similar ban in December 2004.
  • Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale have begun public input processes regarding motorized play vehicle regulation.
  • Scottsdale City Council has asked staff to review the existing ordinance and solicit public input on potential ordinance revisions.