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Senate OKs insurance, registration for mopeds

Posted July 16

— The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would require moped owners to register their vehicles with the state and carry liability insurance.

After the 36-11 vote, the measure heads back to the House, which had dropped the insurance requirement from the bill before approving it last month.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, noted that the number of crashes involving mopeds has climbed steadily in recent years, and the new requirements would ensure that, "when we share the roads with them, they are as protected as we are."

Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, tried to strip the insurance provision out of the bill, noting that many moped owners can't drive a car, either because they can't afford one or because they lost their driver's licenses, and the scooters provide a way to get to work or school.

"We need to be mindful of the fact that it provides a viable means of transportation," McKissick said, noting that no other state in the Southeast requires insurance on mopeds.

He pushed for either a state study of the impact of moped insurance or delaying the requirement until December 2015.

"We can keep kicking this can down the road and make those of us who purchase insurance for our vehicles keep paying for those who don't," Apodaca said in urging senators to reject McKissick's proposals.

Both amendments failed.

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  • wildpig777 Jul 18, 11:05 a.m.

    Im quite sure the insurance industry in nc is very happy with this new law.

  • krimson Jul 17, 2:46 p.m.

    Where is Aspen and his ramblings about the war on the middle class???

  • iopsyc Jul 17, 1:52 p.m.

    Why are bicycles exempt?

    — Posted by djofraleigh

    Probably because they are not motor vehicles.

  • Come On_Seriously Jul 17, 12:43 p.m.

    Next up registration fees for Bicycles. Gotta pay for those "tax breaks".

    — Posted by 42

    If they're going to ride in the street I'm all for that too.

    — Posted by Earth Brooks

    Do you think you get a license, registration, and insurance just for the privilege of driving on the street? Its so anyone you crash into is assured of being compensated and the state knows who owns what for law enforcement and tax reasons.

    Bikes don't have the same problem. If a bike crashes into you, they are still liable for damage, just like any damage to property. The difference is that a 30 pound bicycle is not going to kill someone if the operator isn't paying attention, few people are making high-speed getaways on bikes, and the value of an expensive bicycle pales in comparison to a car, and is therefore not worth taxing as a major piece of property like a house, car, or boat.

    No motor- no insurance or registration. Cyclists are doing everyone a favor by helping with air quality and congestion by putting fewer cars on the road. Stop being lazy and try it.

  • djofraleigh Jul 17, 12:41 p.m.

    Why are bicycles exempt?

  • krimson Jul 17, 12:38 p.m.

    If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet

  • Earth Brooks Jul 17, 12:24 p.m.

    Next up registration fees for Bicycles. Gotta pay for those "tax breaks".

    — Posted by 42

    If they're going to ride in the street I'm all for that too.

  • cooldela1966 Jul 17, 11:52 a.m.

    Pretty safe bet to tax mopeds.

    What per cent of moped drivers vote? 1% maybe.

  • AConservativePerson Jul 17, 10:59 a.m.

    They need to have insurance. That way if they cause a wreck my insurance doesn't have to pay for something that was NOT my fault. If they can't afford it, they should not be driving.

  • 42 Jul 17, 10:43 a.m.

    Next up registration fees for Bicycles. Gotta pay for those "tax breaks".

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