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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ind. Law - "Legislature hops on moped regulations"

Nick Cusack reports for the Shelby News in a story that begins:

Local law enforcement say they support a bill going through the Indiana General Assembly that would put regulations on moped drivers.

House Bill 1343 passed the House Monday. It requires registration of and a license plate for "motor driven vehicles," and attempts to clarify its meaning as mopeds, motorized scooters and motorized bicycles. Owners of this type of transportation must also pay taxes on it.

Those who drive lower powered "motor driven vehicles" must have an unexpired identification card with a Class B driven cycle endorsement. That means they must take a written driving rules test.

Similar vehicles that have a capacity over 50 cubic centimeters would have the same regulations as a motorcycle.

"I am glad to see that the legislature is making an attempt to clarify law as it applies to mopeds," said Shelby County Prosecutor Kent Apsley.

Apsley said the current law creates a lot of questions. For instance, is a particular vehicle a moped, a scooter or a motorized bicycle? Is the driver required to have a license to operate it?

"The law has simply failed to keep up with current technology," Apsley said.

He said that the vague language of the current law doesn't serve the public or law enforcement well.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 6, 2014 12:52 PM
Posted to Indiana Law