Lawmakers OK moped registration, will study insurance

Posted July 31, 2014 3:34 p.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2014 4:20 p.m. EDT

— State lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation that would require moped owners to register their vehicles, shifting a controversial provision to also require liability insurance on mopeds to a study.

The bill now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Senators pushed for moped insurance, saying operators needed to be able to pay for damages they caused in crashes.

But House members twice rejected the insurance provision, arguing that some people need the vehicles to get to work and that anecdotal evidence of moped crashes wasn't reason enough for a policy change.

The Senate finally relented when the measure went to a conference committee, agreeing to collect more data on moped crashes to determine if an insurance requirement or other changes to state law are needed.