Maryland mulls moped, scooter registration, and a new helmet law

Publish Date: 
Mar 29, 2012

Maryland legislators are considering a bill that would treat mopeds and scooters much like motorcycles, requiring titles filed with the Motor Vehicle Administration, liability insurance and mandating rider protective gear.

Riders on mopeds and scooters powered by less than 2.7 horsepower or under 49cc, may be required to wear helmets and eye protection under the bill. Scooters powered by more than 49cc are regulated as motorcycles.

The bill received preliminary approval to come for a floor vote on Tuesday. A final vote is expected this week. The House version of the bill also passed the Environmental Matters Committee Tuesday, according to the Maryland Reporter New purchases of scooters and mopeds would require a title fee of $20 and $5 fee for a decal at the time of sale. Owners of older vehicles would have one year from July 1, 2013 to obtain the title and decal from MVA.

The bill would reclassify mopeds and scooters as “S” class vehicles under MVA regulations and maintains the requirement for moped and scooter operators to possess a valid Maryland driver’s license. Riders could be fined up to $500 for not wearing lids and eye protection.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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