South Carolina House Passes Moped License Requirements
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 15, 2016 in Auto Accidents
The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill restricting the use of mopeds on Thursday, Jan. 14. If the bill passes in the Senate, it will require moped riders to obtain a license, register their vehicles and wear reflective vests.
Drivers who lost their standard license because of a DUI conviction would not be eligible for a moped license.
The bill was introduced at the urging of law enforcement who cited a high incidence of intoxicated moped riders who face no legal consequences, yet endanger other people on the road. In 2014, there were over 120 moped-related crashes in Myrtle Beach alone, although only one was fatal.
Many moped riders are people who lost their license after a DUI arrest. Those who opposed the bill argued it would make it difficult for people to get to work, and many moped riders are simply people who cannot afford a car or insurance.
Moped dealers also were also vocal critics of the bill, stating they will lose business and have to shut down if the bill becomes law.
Under South Carolina law, a cycle is classified as a moped if it has pedals and a propulsion motor, provided the motor is under 50 cubic centimeters and cannot go faster than 35 miles per hour.
Last year, officials closed a legal loophole that allowed mopeds to be exempt from drunk driving laws. Previously, the law defined motor vehicles as 'every vehicle which is self-propelled, except mopeds'
A spokesperson for the Myrtle Beach police said there was indeed a crisis with moped drivers, but the problem was not drunk driving. He said too many moped riders were illegally driving on interstate highways, at half the speed of everyone else.
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