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New bill could put new restrictions on mopeds, scooters

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) –   A new bill being introduced in Raleigh could make our streets a little safer.

House bill 48 could force owners of mopeds and scooter to register and insure them similar to other vehicles on the roads.

Right now, there is no North Carolina law that requires owners to have insurance, a license or registration.

The bill will be introduced by Rep. Phil Shepherd of Jacksonville on Monday night.

In addition to getting your scooter registered with the department of motor vehicle, anyone under 17 years of age would need to complete the graduated drivers license course in order drive or operate it on a highway or on a public area.

It would also make it illegal to have passengers.

Mopeds would also need to have a license plate, a manufacturer's certificate of origin and insurance.

Local business owners we spoke with said they support getting the scooters insured and registered but did not like the idea of requiring a license for some drivers.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with the state getting their money as long as they license them because that will cut down on the theft," said Mike Clark of Madd Mike's Scooters in Wilmington.

"What's going on right now is these bikes aren't registered and they're hard to trace where if you had to put tags on them and pay insurance on it, you'd have records on it in Raleigh."

This bill is still in its early stages, but if it passes it would become effective on July 1st.

Clark said he's selling more scooters because of high gas prices and the economy.

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