Scooter license plate bill clears Indiana panel

INDIANAPOLIS - Motorized scooters would need to have license plates under a bill approved by an Indiana House committee.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to forward the proposal to the full House for consideration. The bill sets a $17.30 charge for registering the scooters - more commonly known as mopeds - with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a $10 annual excise tax charge.

The bill doesn't include a requirement that scooter drivers have insurance as sought by some local officials.

Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the bill is a good first step, but he hopes legislators will also look at issues with insurance and scooter operators who've lost their driver's licenses.

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