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MopedParents should review the laws of the road with their children, and stress to them that driving any vehicle on the streets comes with great responsibility. Because of the small size of mopeds, their drivers can often be more vulnerable than others on the road. The La Porte Police Department asks that drivers wear their safety equipment and operate their moped in a safe manner.

To help parents and kids, here’s a little refresher on Indiana’s laws governing the use of this popular and economical mode of transportation.

Moped Definition
A moped, or "Motorized bicycle," is a two (2) or three (3) wheeled vehicle, that is propelled by an internal combustion engine or a battery powered motor. If it is powered by a motor, the engine must have less than two horsepower, a cylinder capacity of less than 50cc, an automatic transmission, and a maximum speed of less than 25 mph on a flat surface. Electric mopeds are only required to travel less than 25mph on a flat surface. If the moped exceeds any of these requirements, then it is considered a motorcycle. Therefore, all motorcycle laws and requirements will apply including licensing, registration and insurance coverage.

If you are purchasing a moped, check with the retailer to ensure it meets all the requirements to be classified as a moped in the State of Indiana.

Moped Licensing Information
To ride a moped, operators must be at least 15 years old, and they must possess a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issued license or identification card. No motorcycle license is required to operate a moped as long as it does not exceed the moped definition criteria.

Safety Information and Laws
Operators under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection while riding on a moped. The protective headgear that is worn must meet the requirements set by the USDOT. The protective eye wear required can be a pair of protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield. All operators under the age of 18 who ride on motorcycles must also wear a helmet and eye protection.

Mopeds cannot be operated on sidewalks or Interstate highways.

Riders cannot operate a moped 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise without having a lighted headlight and taillight.

A moped cannot be operated unless it has a muffler in good working condition to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

Anyone caught riding a moped in violation of the above provisions can be ticketed and the moped impounded. The fines for these violations begin at $150.

A word about mini choppers
Mini choppers are usually classified as motorcycles because they may not meet all the requirements above to be classified as a moped. Since they are classified as motorcycles, they are required to have a license plate, proof of insurance, and the rider must have a motorcycle endorsement on his or her driver's license. (Source: Nixle.com)

To learn more about La Porte motorcycle insurance, or to get a quote, please contact us at 800-766-4478.
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