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Indiana House approves measure limiting mo-peds to 30 mph

Indiana House passes measure prohibiting going over 30 mph in mopeds and now it'll go to the Senate.
Truth Staff
Posted on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Editor’s note: The article has been corrected to clarify details of a provision of H.B. 1523 related to where mo-ped operators may travel in the roadway.

You won’t be able to race like a speed demon on your mo-ped, according to a measure approved by the Indiana House and now headed to the Senate.

House Bill 1523, approved by House lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 25, would prohibit operation of mo-peds at speeds exceeding 30 mph. Moreover, starting Jan. 1, 2014, owners would have to register their mo-peds with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, much like motorcycles.

The House approved the measure 75-18 and now it goes to the Indiana Senate, according to Indiana Rep. Tim Neese, R-Elkhart, who supported it.

The bill, as passed, also requires mo-ped operators to drive in the right-hand lane of traffic “when available,” except when making a left-hand turn.

This is the third time in the last six years that the issue has come before Indiana lawmakers, said Neese, who has pushed for such a measure. He said many accidents in Elkhart County involve mo-peds.

Per H.B. 1523, those traveling faster than 30 mph could potentially be ticketed.

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