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Bill would require license for mopeds in NC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Mopeds are a popular and efficient way for many drivers to get from point A to point B. But a proposed bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives could reduce the number of moped drivers on the streets.

Michael Gary Clark, the owner of Madd Mike's Scooter and Cycle says that in the average month he sells between 10 and 25 scooters, a proposal that would now require every moped owner to have a driver license has Madd Mike all revved up, because it could keep some of these scooters parked in his lot.

"I think everybody should be responsible for their own actions whether you buy a bicycle or a skateboard or whatever," Clark said. "I really think that they just can't demand it all of a sudden and just and take everybody as a group and make them pay."

Rep. Phil Shepard of Jacksonville says he understands many people depend on scooters as a primary mode of transportation, but he feels they need to follow the same rules of the road as everybody else.

Currently anyone over the age of 16 can drive a moped, but Shepard wants them to pay for license and registration as well as insurance.

Local law enforcement says they're all for it.

"Should they carry insurance? It seems like the right thing to do, but I don't make the law," Sgt. Mike Donelson of the Wilmington Police Department's Traffic Unit said. "Should they be registered? Right now mopeds don't have to have any registration therefore they don't have any tags on the back on them to identify who is riding the moped or who should be riding the moped that would be another thing that would be nice if that were the case but it isn't right now."

Sgt. Donelson says by registering mopeds it could also assist investigators in tracking stolen scooters.

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