Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Pennsylvania
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Mopeds don't require its user to have a motorcycle license. Decide whether or not your bike's a moped.
- Operational pedals and a motor.
- They have a motor rated no more than 1.5 brake horsepower, and the cylinder capacity cannot exceed 50 ccs.
- Travel no faster than 25 miles per hour.
- Must have an automatic transmission.
Mopeds do not require an inspection during the registration process, but you will need to provide proof of insurance, and a current valid Class C driver's license.
A moped license plate will be issued upon registration; the annual fee is $9.
Moped drivers aren't required to wear helmets or goggles, but it's recommended.
A scooter, or motor-driven cycle, also has its own definition and rules. Its engine must produce between 1.5 and 5 brake horsepower.
Eye protection is required on a scooter. Helmets are required for some drivers and passengers. You have a choice whether to wear a helmet or not if you are:
- Driving a three-wheeled, closed cab scooter
- Older than 21 and have operated a motorcycle for at least two years
- Older than 21 and have completed a motorcycle rider safety course approved by PennDOT
- A passenger aged 21 or older who rides with an exempted driver
You may also hear the term "scooter" used when referring to electric toys used by children, or to slower-moving scooters used in stores and on sidewalks for the infirm. These aren't street-legal; none of these rules apply.
With rising gas costs, many of us are looking for ways to lower our gasoline bill each month. Scooters and mopeds are fuel-efficient, affordable, and fun. But do some research before you buy.
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