New NC moped rules, local tax repeal take effect Wednesday

Posted July 1, 2015

— The Division of Motor Vehicles now needs to know more about North Carolina's moped owners and will be offering a new standard license plate option beyond the "First in Flight" theme.

Moped registration and a new "First in Freedom" plate are among portions of 25 laws taking effect Wednesday, the start of North Carolina government's fiscal year.

The moped registration legislation is tied to another bill which requires moped drivers to carry liability insurance.

House Bill 148, approved June 23 by lawmakers, requires moped drivers to have minimum liability insurance as defined under state law, which is $30,000 for injury or death of one person, $60,000 for injury or death of two or more people and $25,000 for property damage.

Last year's law requiring moped drivers to register their vehicles with the state Division of Motor Vehicles takes effect Wednesday, and the new insurance requirement takes effect July 1, 2016.

Twenty-one of 32 states that regulate mopeds require their drivers to carry insurance, according to Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson.

Also on Wednesday, DMV will begin offering the "First in Freedom" plate, which will honor the early demands of North Carolina leaders for American independence in 1775 and 1776.

Starting Wednesday, municipal governments will no longer be able to levy privilege license taxes. Lawmakers approved the repeal last summer.


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  • King Mopar Jul 1, 2015
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    All this is going to do is make companies who make these, to add a pedal option to the "scooter" now making it a moped(motor assisted bicycle), as it was years ago, before they dropped that option as a cost savings to manufacture. Also, you don't "always' get a driving privilege on your first DWI offense, some of that depends on if you have a job, prior convictions, if you have a lawyer in your corner, etc. If not, well you are on "pat and charlie" , which means they will probably check out your house(more slowly now), your shed, and see what they can steal and sell for their drugs,(or for family) and if any is left over, they will get a new moped, with pedals, then run to the store and swipe their flag card for some free food and motor back home. I mean, if you take a person who is down and out and push him/her further, he/she is going to adjust via nature and basically take more of your stuff, that they didn't work for. Send MADD your bill.

  • Ben Raynor Jul 1, 2015
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    That is so ridiculous. Always kick people when they are down.

  • Wayne Boyd Jul 1, 2015
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    Everywhere you see the word "privilege"
    The government has taken away a right,

  • Mike C Jul 1, 2015
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    If you think our 'moped' rules are harsh, Google South Carolina moped rules, then come back here and cry some.

  • Ashley Moore Jul 1, 2015
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    Did this start today? A moped almost hit me today, and I had the right-of-way. It's a good thing I was looking out for him!

  • Paul Jones Jul 1, 2015
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    "First in Freedom"

    Which is why:
    1) We embraced gay marriage! No, not here.
    2) We can celebrate with firecrackers and spinners to celebrate out freedom! No, not here. You'll get arrested!
    3) We can tell a person to shut up or you'll punch them? Oh, no. That would be illegal.
    4) We can buy marijuana and relax in at home with it. Heck, no. Lots of jail time for that!
    5) We can open your business hassle-free? No, can't do that, either. In fact, open a collection agency without a permit and it's a felony. But, no high school degree required. (NC G.S. 58-70-1)
    6) We can gamble! Well, no. At least not unless the state is running the business. etc.

    The people in North Carolina are great people, but we live under some of the most oppressive laws. Seriously. All of these laws do nothing but restrict personal freedom.

  • Doug Hanthorn Jul 1, 2015
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    Made a mistake? Well, if so, a mistake that is easily avoided. You don't drink and drive. Easy. Let me say it again. You don't drink and drive.

  • Rene' Feuerlein Jul 1, 2015
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    I think it makes perfect sense to require registrations (license plates) and eventually insurance for "mopeds" (2-3 wheeled vehicles under 50 cc), however I think it is a mistake that it requires North Carolina identification, as now hundreds if not thousands of non-registered immigrants, whether here illegally or just waiting for paper work to go through red tape machine, cannot register or drive their "mopeds".

  • Roy Hinkley Jul 1, 2015
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    State law refers to the machines as mopeds. That's why all the reporting and discussion is around mopeds, not scooters.

  • Dan May Jul 1, 2015
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    First these are no "mopeds" they are motor scooters. A moped is a power assisted pedal bicycle. These are motorcycles/scooters they cannot be pedaled.

    Why is operating one of these motorized vehicles in traffic any different than a motorcycle? Just because they can't drive on the interstate (I have actually seen some try - sigh) doesn't mean they should not be regulated the same way. If someone is a habitual DUI, and can't be trusted to drive a car or motorcycle, why allow them to operate a scooter in traffic? They will have to use bicycle or public transportation to get around.