Motor Scooter Drivers May Be Required To Get Title And Insurance

BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  Motor scooters and mopeds are a cheap way to get around.

But riders tell Suzanne Collins it won’t be worth it if lawmakers soon force them to get a title and insurance.

Pat Strow says his scooter paid for itself in gas savings in three years. He doesn’t like the idea that’s gaining popularity in Annapolis to require scooters and mopeds to be licensed and insured.

“The scooter has about the same power, speed and agility as a healthy person on a bicycle, so maybe they’ll start regulating bicycles. It’s getting ridiculous. Who can we hurt?” said Pat Strow.

Scooters can go 30 miles an hour on roads with speed limits of 50 or less, but some neighborhoods are fed up with young irresponsible drivers.

“For one, they’re loud. For two, they ride down the street and they don’t even stop. They can come barreling down there. Next thing you know they’re going to run into a side of a car,” said William West.

A Maryland Senate committee has just voted “yes” to regulating scooters and mopeds and requiring helmets.

The senator who sponsored the bill says if a car driver crashed with a moped it can be a nightmare because they are not required to have insurance.

“People have come to me and said how does this happen that these people can be on the road and if they are going more than 35, 40 miles per hour if they run into you, who’s liable for that with no insurance? I have to pay for my own damage on my own car,” said Senator Kathy Klausmeier.

The manager of B&B Customs says helmets are a good idea and registering could help if a scooter is stolen, but buying $200 of insurance and paying fees could prevent sales.

“I think the helmet law should go through. As far as the titling, tagging and extra fees I think that’s going to severely hurt our business,” said Brad Medley, B&B Customs.

More powerful scooters over 50 cubic centimeters already must have license and insurance like motorcycles, but the new law would extend that to the small ones under 50 ccs.

There has been a surge in the popularity of scooters in recent years, especially when they can get up to 100 miles per gallon.

Comments

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  1. Marge (Cecil County) says:

    What about motorized wheel chairs that travel on Maryland roads? These can be equally dangerous for drivers and disabled. Should it be legal?

  2. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    They are a PIA cutting in & out.

  3. Dave says:

    It’s about time

  4. Linda Parr says:

    OK…..Let’s back up……..there are hundreds of dirt bikes racing around Baltimore City and causing accidents. They are going faster than cars. Am I wrong about that fact? What is being done about that? Now Baltimore wants to make Moped’s, that go no faster than a rider on a bike, pay for insurance and tags? Give me a royal break!!!! Maryland is out to make a buck on anyone they can! Investigate that!

  5. mike says:

    guess i need to tag my bicycle i can run 40 mph on the flats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    Wonder what Maryland is going to do when its citizens have nothing to tax because that is what it is coming down to. At some point, having nothing is going to be more profitable than working to have something. I wonder how Maryland will determine how much nothing you have in order to tax that. I am sure they are working on that right now!

    1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

      Opps, I forgot, it will be a fee, not a tax. A fee is not a tax……or is it…….thats what he said ….didn’t he? Must have if it was an opposing candidate that proposed it. Not sure. Dosen’t make a difference anyway. Republican and Democrate are just another way of saying thief. Maybe, just maybe we need pen control instead of gun control. I seem to get robbed everyday by someone with a pen, but not so much with a gun.

  7. Mark says:

    This is just another way for (MOM) to get tax money so he can spend it on something other that what it is meant to be spend on.
    Reemember that you are requiered to either have a drivers license or a moped license to be able to operate the moped. Maybe the police need to stop some of the younger folks who are operating them and check to see if they have the required license. As for insurance..What happens when you are hit by another vehicle who has no insurance..Thats why we have the Uninsured Motorist Fund.

  8. Herman Glimsher says:

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS LINDA PARR MADE………….I THOUGHT THE SAME THING ABOUT THE ILLEGAL DIRT BIKE RIDING IN BALTIMORE………AND, IF YOU’RE GOING TO REQUIRE THIS ON MOPEDS YOU SHOULD MAKE BICYCLE RIDERS DO LIKEWISE………..IN FACT, I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT BICYCLE RIDERS SHOULD HAVE TO BE LICENSED DRIVERS TO BE ABLE TO RIDE ON THE STREET…………..THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD YET THEY DON’T HAVE TO PASS A DRIVER’S LICENSE EXAM AND OBTAIN A LICENSE TO RIDE ON THE ROAD……………MAKES NO SENSE????????

  9. chuck says:

    No wonder their tryin to regulate caffeine laced beverages,it’ll wake the people up to see what’s been going on.Tax the hay out of us,spend it on the bums,and it’s business as usual.Don’t you feel good now?Be good little DEMOCRAT’S and purchase your OBAMA CARE,don’t let those mean ole republicans scam us out of tax dollars with tax cut’s.And those fence riden INDEPENDANT’S they’ll tire easy and go with the flow.All will be forgotten by the next election.SEE YA 2012 bring your morning after pill.

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Hey Chuck, Wait until the Repub & Tea baggers are in office, they’ll privatize everything & bust your nuts with fees. Remember Ehrlich & his no taxes but the friggin fees went through the roof. Car, licensees, registrations etc.

      1. overtaxed says:

        What about all of the fees going up after Ehrich and going up again? Add to that toll hikes to fund transportation after DEMOCRATS in Annapoilis stole the money. Typical liberal with head planted in rear end.

        We desperately need a Scott Walker here in the Socialist Republik of Maryland.

  10. Joe Blodgett says:

    Maryland lawmakers and Maryland Goverment have lost their minds enough is enough. how long before we have a fee to breathe air or a fee to stand outside

  11. Dave says:

    I agree with the helmet law, but I completely disagree with anything under 50ccs having to have insurance. They do anything they possibly can anymore to squeeze any money thats left out of us. Its a crime.

  12. Neverbornbaltimorean says:

    Maryland state after people’s money whatever they use kind of vehicles (no require to have license). *opinion*
    Shame on MD state for after peiple who are not rich at all.

  13. Mike Barnstein says:

    So when is the new law suppose to take effect?

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