Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Massachusetts
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A moped is defined by the state as a "motorized bicycle" with an automatic transmission and cylinders of 50cc or less.
You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver license to operate a moped in Massachusetts. You must also wear an approved safety helmet, and not drive at speeds greater than 25 mph.
The registration is valid for two years.
You'll need to do your research with scooters to determine the laws concerning your particular vehicle.
Some motor scooters are very much like mopeds, without pedals, and speeds no greater than 20 mph. These particular scooters do not have to be registered in Massachusetts, although you must still obey all traffic laws concerning motor vehicles. You cannot drive this type of scooter on roadways after sunset or before sunrise.
The other types of motor scooters―the types made for highway travel― are considered motorcycles, and will be treated as such during registration, titling, and tagging. You'll also be required to have a motorcycle license to operate this type of scooter.
Because of rising gas costs, many of us are considering alternate transportation to ease our monthly budgets. Scooters and mopeds are great alternatives, but you'll want to do some research before you buy.
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