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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Though police say the driver of the car was at fault in a crash that killed a moped driver Wednesday night in Wilmington, the incident has brought the question of moped safety once again front and center.

It’s a question on the minds of lawmakers as well. In the North Carolina House of Representatives, a bill introduced this week would require mopeds be registered and carry liability insurance.

Pender County Republican Chris Millis is a sponsor. He says it’s just as much a public safety issue as it is an economic issue.

“The bill is most certainly a common sense piece of legislation,” Millis said. “Constituents have most certainly made it heard that this is something that needs to be treated in the same manner as a motorcycle on the road.”

A similar bill was introduced last year but not pursued. Millis says he feels confident the bill will pass this year.

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21 Comments on "NC House bill would require registration, insurance for mopeds"

2015 years 8 months ago

As a reputable scooter dealership and repair shop in Raleigh, I find your comment offensive. Yes the majority of my consumers do not have a license, however there are many who do and choose to ride out of enjoyment and lower operating cost. Aside from that i imagine most drivers out on the road have driven after having a beer or two, they just weren’t caught. I have tons of out of state/country college students who use scooters to get around campus. The same laws apply to scooters as do cars, Your lights must be in operation. You can use hand signal to turn you must have mirrors, ect. I’mm not opposed to having insurance on scooters, however my reasons are different than most. It’s absurd how scooter drivers are treated by car drivers, passing illegally, cutting them off suddenly and so forth. It is also unfair that scooters are not allowed to drive the speed limit so that they can be safer and less annoying to those in cars.

2015 years 8 months ago

Yes, I think it’s a great idea for moped riders to have LIFE INSURANCE in Wilmington.

2015 years 8 months ago

You stereotype every moped rider as being a drunk irresponsible human being.
Nice…real nice.
Yet these guys get KILLED by auto drivers who are in fact drunk. In a battle between mopeds and cars the car always wins.
Personally I’d like to see a few MILLION mopeds on the road and a few million less cars….


2015 years 8 months ago

I am afraid you have been had, By the VOG

2015 years 8 months ago

I as a scooter rider fully agree with and support this, alot of states require scooters to be reg / insured.
I would also like to say that not all scooter riders dont have a licence I have mine and in good standing, how ever it is cheaper to ride my trike scooter (50 cc) then my car at 100 mpg do the math. and If you ever see me riding my scooter you know i dont ride down the middle of the lane EVER. not all riders do, grant alot of dumb uncaring riders do so. for me its common sence and courtesy not to as well as alot safer for myself.
with all that said, pass this law why not? I love my scooter and love ridding it some people have them because they enjoy them.


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