Moped 50CC speed
Whether they've been here all along, and you're just now noticing, or they're really a new Ft. Thomas phenomenon, the point is that they're getting noticed. Mopeds are gaining attention -- if not traction -- around Ft. Thomas city streets, so here's the scoop on traffic and licensing laws surrounding these small, motorized vehicles.
What’s a moped, and why?To start, the term “moped” is derived from vehicles originally developing as hybrids that attach a motorized engine to a pedaled vehicle. Hence: mo-ped. While not all mopeds have pedals anymore, there are a few imaginable explanations for why moped traffic around town would increase lately. Fuel prices are at an all-time high, and, according to Consumer Reports, mopeds yield an average of roughly 60-100 mpg. Similarly, the simple truth is that these vehicles require less maintenance and miscellaneous financial investment to own and operate.
But probably the biggest engine behind their popularity -- and the most frequent cause for concern among other, non-moped drivers -- is the relatively minimal licensing procedure for operating a moped.
To be clear, the “mopeds” Ft. Thomas residents have been seeing more and more around town recently (for the most part) fall into the < 50cc engine category. And, in fact, this is the same category the KY State Police classify as “moped” in the KY Driver’s Manual. Other characteristics of this vehicle class include no more than two horsepower, an automatic transmission that does not require clutching or shifting, and a maximum speed not exceeding 30 mph (KRS 189.285).
License or no license?
State law reads that one must be at least 16 years old and have a license to operate a moped in Kentucky. This makes KY one of less than 20 states to have a minimum age requirement.
If you do not currently have an operator or motorcycle license, you must first apply for one. To obtain a moped license, the testing process consists of a general knowledge and a vision test, but no field test or temporary permit period are required. If the moped license-holder is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign the license application, assuming responsibility for said vehicle.
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