Proposed bill would require mopeds to be registered, titled

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislators are currently deciding on a bill that would require moped riders to register and title their moped and possibly purchase insurance coverage.

The bill is meant to provide assistance to law enforcement in case of an accident or if a moped was used in a crime.

Owner of Select Cycle John Hill is a member of the N.C. Motorcycle Dealers Association and said that the registry is understandable and something the association has been striving towards for years, but insurance coverage isn’t reasonable for the average moped customer.

“We’re definitively against that. It’s going to really impact our customers and is going to stick us with a lot of inventory that no one will wish to buy,” Hill said. “If it’s an electric assist motor it’s classified as a moped and that means you are going to have to have an insurance license tag on a bicycle if it has an electric assist at all.”

If the bill passes the law would go into effect July 1, 2015.

Hill said that registry would cost about $15 to $22 but depending on the drivers record, insurance could be $65 to $1,000.

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