Lawmakers Aim To Tighten Moped Laws

Indiana lawmakers are calling for tighter regulation on who can drive mopeds on public streets.

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Lawmakers say they want mopeds to be insured in the same way cars are if they're to be on city streets.

Columbus Representative Milo Smith says a bill he will offer in the upcoming session aims to protect the public from uninsured drivers who decide to drive mopeds instead of insured cars.

“That’s the reason we’re going after this, is for public safety,” Smith said. “And if someone has made bad choices and your insurance rates continue to go up because there are people out there driving without insurance, you know, that’s a concern for every one of us.”

Fort Wayne State Senator Tom Wyss is on the committee that is reviewing the bill and says he supports the legislation.

“Well, there’s definitely an increase in safety if you’re doing this because then you’re making sure that people are of the proper age and that we’ve got the ability to protect the public from those people who ride these vehicles and do not have insurance,” he said. 

A summer study committee has already begun an analysis of the safety issues surrounding mopeds.

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