Scooter, Moped Riders Face New Laws in October

Scooters and mopeds require state registration and insurance under new state laws.

New laws affecting riders of motor scooters will take effect starting Oct. 1, making significant changes to the way they ride. 

The new laws require all motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers must wear a helmet and eye protection.

Existing laws also require all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operator’s permit, according to a release from the Maryland State Police.

At least the minimum vehicle liability insurance is required, and riders 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 state Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Owners will be able to obtain titling information through the MVA website starting Oct. 1. 

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

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 Oct. 1. 

Mike Brown August 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM
@Mike Bussard. I agree with the state. They are on the road and are just like another vehicle on the road. My personal opinion they should have always have had insurance, and required to wear safety equipment.
Lonnie August 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I think a lot of politicians are hippocrites. Big Brother is passing laws that infringe upon the rights of ordinary citizens. Greed, deceit and politicians allow Wall Street Bankers to steal without facing the consequences of the law however, everyday citizens have to have cameras take pictures of vehicles speeding going through red lights and other violations without the driver of the vehicle being held responsible now the owner is held to greater responsibility. The law like language is always changing and maybe not for the better for the average Joe Citizen. We should start getting angry and stop trusting our ego tripping and arrogant politicians.
Calique August 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I am very safety conscious, and take personal responsibility for my own health and welfare. Just because *you* don't, I'd prefer NOT to witness your brains smash all over the street. It's about time this was instituted.
My Opinion August 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
You are so right Mike! I am sick and tired of hearing about "their" rights while they trample all over mine! We have rights too and we say obey the laws and stop running over us!
steve best August 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Rights and revenues are one thing but why is a scooter any different than my motorcycles that I have to title, license and insure? They should make you get a motorcycle license too- I work downtown and see severely incompetent people cutting through traffic on scooters. What happens when one of them clips a car or hits someone- should you just be able to apologize and go on your way?


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