I own a Razor Pocket mod scooter, this is what mine looks like: enter image description here

Sidenote: not actually a Tesla, just paint and decal

I live in Texas, Dallas/Plano area specifically. My question is: would I be able to ride this on public sidewalks? I have read up on electric scooter laws, and electric scooters have access to sidewalks(and this is true, I've driven past several cop cars on my electric stand-up scooter and they didn't pull me over). (<- source: https://swagtron.com/news/are-electric-scooters-legal/ [This is my stand-up scooter's manufacturer]) However, this doesn't look like a stand-up scooter, but more like a moped (google image moped, some look similar to this, some don't)

(Source: https://www.jrlawfirm.com/blog/texas-scooter-moped-laws/ ) Texas moped laws (50cc engine or less):

Scooter users must acquire a scooter license – which involves a written test.

The Razor has NO engine, so I personally wouldn't classify it as a moped. However, a police officer might not know that at first glance (despite the Tesla stickers and whatnot) Would I get pulled over for this and if I do, would I get fined or arrested for having no license? I do not intend to drive on the street, only sidewalk.

Additional information:

  • It has a top speed of around 10 or 15 mph.

  • The motor is a 24V 250W motor

  • There are a total of 4 batteries, 2 12v 14Ah batteries wired in series for 24v hooked to the main circut, and 2 12v 9Ah batteries wired in series for 24v for getting home when the main batteries are dead. The reserve set of batteries can be seen under the seat, which opens up

  • Other than the motor, which sounds nothing like an engine, the scooter makes no noise

  • We added tail lights and a head light.

  • There is a battery meter on the dash board.

  • The Razor has NO engine, so I personally wouldn't classify it as a moped Do you mean that you believe that the engine being electric makes a difference for how the vehicle is classified? After all, Teslas have electric engines and are classified as cars everywhere. Engine power could make a difference, though. – SJuan76 Jul 21 '19 at 9:23
  • To be precise, an electric motor is not an engine but an internal combustion engine is a motor. – Dale M Jul 21 '19 at 11:20
  • SJuan76: That's true in some cases. Electric cars are still cars. But a kick scooter and an electric scooter are separate classes, although the same idea. Mopeds are classified in Texas as a motorized vehicle with a 50cc engine or less (If I'm taking this right). I do not know if electric "mopeds" are different classes from standard mopeds. – Conner Smith Jul 21 '19 at 19:55

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