Rep. wants more regulation for mopeds, scooters
Laws have not changed since 1991
Last Updated: 98 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A movement is underway to make moped and scooter drivers safer on the roads after 24 people were killed last year while driving mopeds.
A Scooter Summit was held Thursday morning at Speed City Cycle to raise awareness about the issue.
Drivers who operate a moped do not need insurance or need to register their vehicle. These rules have not changed since 1991.
State Rep. Milo Smith has sponsored legislation the last three years, without success, to help regulate mopeds.
"(What) I want to do is make for certain everyone who buys a moped has to go to the BMV, will have to register at BMV, so if they are stolen, they can find them because they are registered. Put a plate on the back, so they can have some accountability to the people on the road. Because if you see one weaving in and out of traffic, you can report them and report that number. People run stop signs, they don't follow traffic laws, it creates an unsafe situation," Smith said.
Mopeds and scooters are inexpensive modes of transportation and 23-year-old Dijon Rowland swears by his moped.
"It is very important right now. Right now I ain’t got no license. I don't want to be driving and get pulled over without having a license. I get a moped. I can ride to work. I ain't got to ride the bus. It takes about $5 back and forth a week," Rowland said.
Smith said he will reintroduce the moped bill during the next session of the legislature.
American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Indiana was a sponsor of the Scooter Summit.
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