Moped owners who live in Kokomo must register their vehicles with the city beginning July 1. The new city ordinance aims to cut down on the number of stolen mopeds.
After moped owners pay a $25 registration fee, they will receive a sticker that can be attached to the moped so police know it has been registered. Owners will then have to pay $10 renewal fee each year after the initial registration.
Attorney for the Kokomo City Council Corbin King says, in the past, police have had difficulty tracking mopeds.
“There had been either lost or mainly stolen mopeds that had been a problem here in Kokomo, and thus it was hard to track them down,” King says. “And also if you found the moped who the owner was, So now having the registration of the mopeds with the owner and the bin number that should help in that scenario.”
Indiana law requires moped users to be at least 15 years old and wear helmets until the age of 18. Kokomo City Councilman Kevin Summers says along with the ordinance the Kokomo police will focus on stricter enforcement of these state laws.
“I think in addition to the requirement of registration, focus has been recommended that a closer eye be placed on that because over the past three years we’ve had an increase in accidents involving mopeds,” Summers says.
Moped owners who violate the ordinance will be subject to a $100 fee along with their vehicle being towed.