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Moped Legislation Narrowly Approved In Senate

Drivers of low-powered mopeds now must be 15 or older, and drivers of higher-powered mopeds must be 16 years and six months old and have a license.

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Mopeds must now be registered and can travel up to 35 miles per hour.

After several failed attempts in past sessions, the Indiana Senate Tuesday barely approved legislation regulating mopeds.

Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, says it’s taken about four years to get the finished product contained in the legislation he’s sponsoring.  Under current law, mopeds are restricted to speeds of 25 miles per hour and do not have to be licensed in any way.

And Buck says that’s caused too many problems.

“There’s been a number of accidents where kids have been killed on these,” Buck says. “Due to the restrictions on some of them, they actually go too slow.  When these vehicles are stolen, it makes it almost impossible for the local law enforcement to even find out who was the original owner.”

Under the bill, drivers of low-powered mopeds must be 15 or older. Mopeds must be registered and can travel up to 35 miles per hour. Drivers of higher-powered mopeds must be 16 years and six months old and have a license.

The moped bill received the exact number of votes it needed to pass with a vote of 26-22.  It now heads back to the House.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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