California’s previous helmet laws held that all riders – even adult riders – were required to wear a properly fastened and fitting helmet to prevent injury while riding electric scooters. It should be mentioned that this law applied only to motorized scooters, not manually-powered scooters. Any motor scooter operator that was found not wearing a helmet could be fined up to $200.

Some residents found this law restricting for ride-sharing scooter riders, as it limited their use to only those riders who carried a helmet with them, as opposed to residents who found themselves looking to make use of them spontaneously or on occasion.