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Indiana Supreme Court To Rule On Moped Laws

The Indiana Supreme Court should rule on whether mopeds need to abide by tighter vehicle restrictions.

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Moped riders do not need a driver's license according to current Indiana law.

The rules on mopeds, are up in the air right now as the Indiana Supreme Court is expected to have a decision regarding motor-scooters in the near future.

State Representative Milo Smith says that decision all boils down to how fast the engine design, allows the moped to go.

“The maximum design speed of a motorized bicycle is 25 mph, even though it‘s a maximum design speed of 25 mph, does that mean that you can be arrested for driving over 25 mph,” he says.

Smith says the issue is bigger than design, he says the way the state laws are written now, mopeds become a cheap and easy way for people who have lost their licenses to get back on the road.

Currently the only rules on the books for mopeds are 15 or older, a valid I.D., and a helmet until you turn 18.

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