Proposed Legislation Would Require Registration & Insurance For Mopeds In NC

New legislation in the NC General Assembly could mean changes for moped drivers.

Three Republican State Representatives are sponsoring a bill that would require all moped owners to have insurance and a registration. Right now, owners don't need either or even a license to drive one.

Jimmy Stallings is the general manager of Ron Ayers Motorsports in Greenville.

He says many of his customers purchase mopeds because they can get over a hundred miles per gallon. Plus, many moped drivers have lost their license.

Danny Wiggins says he does have a license, but his scooter has helped him get through a rough financial time and one of the reasons why he drives a moped is to avoid those extra fees.

In a newsletter, Republican representative Chris Millis of Onslow and Pender Counties says "...The lack of liability insurance on behalf of the moped operators presents an economic imbalance for all other drivers to in-directly carry higher premiums to cover this risk. "

Others believe required registrations could crack down on stolen mopeds.

The bill passed first reading last week.

It's now in the hands of the transportation committee.

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