New Maryland Law For Motor Scooters and Mopeds

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New Maryland Law For Motor Scooters and Mopeds

 

On October 1, 2012, new Maryland vehicle laws will take effect that require all motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers must wear a helmet and eye protection. These new requirements are in addition to the existing law that requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver's license or a moped operator's permit. 

All drivers and passengers of motor scooters and mopeds will be required to wear motorcycle helmets that meet safety standards set by the United States Department of Transportation. Drivers and passengers must also wear eye protection, unless the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen. 

Motor scooter and moped owners will be required to insure their vehicles. They must obtain at least the minimum vehicle liability insurance and must carry proof of the insurance with them whenever they are operating the scooter or moped. 

Motor scooters and mopeds will be required to be titled by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Owners will be able to obtain titling information through the MVA website at www.mva.maryland.gov beginning October 1st. When the title is obtained, the vehicle owner will be provided with a decal that must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. 

This information is posted on ActiveRain as a community service.  Character counts in Gaithersburg.

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Karen Kruschka
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Roy  That is a much needed law - those vehicles were unable to be traced before

Sep 15, 2012 08:15 AM #1
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Thanks, Karen, for your comment.  The new law will probably be a surprise for many.

Sep 15, 2012 10:42 AM #2
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Roy, this is a very important law and I'm glad you posted it as a Community Service. Thanks for sharing.

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Roy,

This is an important new law, and it is important that everyone tunes in to laws like this.  A

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Roy, That is great news - registration, helmet and insurance.  Love the technique you are using on your photo collection of blooms.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Hi Roy, so I guess no more under aged drivers on these things. This is probably a good thing. I have seen a lot of youngsters out on these motorized scooters and they have no idea what they are doing.
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It is good to receive your feedback. 


Have an outstanding weekend with your camera in hand.


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Maryland law defines a motor scooter as a non-pedal vehicle that has a seat for the operator; has two wheels, of which one is ten or more inches in diameter; has a step through chassis; has a motor with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less, or a 50 cc engine or less; and is equipped with an automatic transmission. 

A moped is defined as a bicycle that is designed to be operated by human power with the assistance of a motor; is equipped with pedals that can drive the rear wheel(s); has two or three wheels, one of which is more than 14 inches in diameter; has a motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less and a 50 cc engine or less. 

The drivers of motor scooters and mopeds are required to follow the same rules of the road as bicycles. Those rules include:

-Drivers must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practical 

and safe as possible, except when:

--Making a left turn;

--Operating on a one-way street; 

--Passing a stopped or slower moving vehicle;

--Avoiding pedestrians and road hazards;

--The right lane is a right turn only lane;

--Operating in a lane too narrow for a bicycle or motor scooter and another vehicle to travel safely side by side.

-Drivers may ride side by side only if flow of traffic is unimpeded;

-Drivers must exercise due care when passing;

-Headsets covering both ears, or earplugs in both ears, are not permitted;

-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated on roadways with speed limits 

greater than 50 mph;

-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated at more than 30 mph;

-Drivers may not operate on a roadway where there is a smooth paved bike lane or paved shoulder available, meaning they must use the bike lane or paved shoulder instead of the roadway; 

-Drivers must obey the rules of the road applicable to all vehicles. 

Troopers and local law enforcement across Maryland have received training regarding the new laws. Scooter and moped drivers who violate the new law can expect to be stopped and issued traffic citations or warnings, beginning October 1.

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