License and Registration Please: Mopeds Beware (with Video)

By Eric DeFreeuw

February 11, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – If you don’t already own a moped, Indiana legislatures may be making the appeal of purchasing one dwindle very soon. And if you are a current owner, you may need to freshen up your driver’s license.

Current Indiana laws allow mopeds to be driven on roadways without a valid driver’s license as long as it is done at a speed lower than 25 MPH and the engine is smaller than 50 cubic centimeters (or 50CC). Due to the difficulty with enforcing these laws, lawmakers are talking of possibly enacting a catch-all that requires all drivers to have a valid license as well as insurance on the vehicle.

Robbi Roberts, the owner of Redline Honda in Fort Wayne explains, “if (the moped) goes faster than 25 MPH or is bigger than 50CC's it must be registered with the state. It must have a plate, and you have to have a valid driver's license with the motorcycle endorsement.”

Without license plates or any form of registration, if a moped is involved in a motor vehicle accident it can be very difficult to track drivers down if they leave the scene. And without a form of moped insurance, the other driver may become liable whether it is their fault or not.

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