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New laws for mopeds and motorized scooters

City Police Blotter Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

July 3rd, 2013, 1:10 pm

Effective July 1, 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted new laws regulating the safe operation of mopeds and motorized scooters on public roads. The following summary is not a comprehensive list of the applicable laws, but intended as a guide for operators. The full text of the laws can be found online at .


The laws apply to any moped or motorized scooter that meets the following description:

  • Travels on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground
  • Has a seat not less than 24 inches from the ground
  • Has a gas, electric, or hybrid engine that displaces less than 50cc or an input of 1500 watts or less
  • Is not operated in speeds in excess of 35 mph (if the vehicle is driven faster than 35 mph, it is subject to the laws governing motorcycles)

A headlight visible from 500 feet and a tail light or reflector visible from 600 feet are required when operating a moped or motorized scooter on public roadways between sunset and sunrise. The vehicle must be registered with DMV before July 1, 2014. Information about tags and registration can be found online at .

Drivers & Passengers

When mopeds or motorized scooters are operated on public roads:

  • Drivers must be at least 16 years old.
  • Drivers must carry a state issued form of photo ID (driver’s license is not required).

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2010-11-04 16:07:00 by dep915

Just wanted to let everyone know the law regarding a scooter / moped. Most people have this misunderstanding that as long as it meets the "CC" requirement that it does not need to be registered. The facts are, a "moped" only complies with state law when it is a vehicle that has two or three wheels, no external shifting device, and a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface (NCGS 105-164.3)

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Section 11-134.1. Moped. "Moped" means a bicycle that: (1) Is designed to be operated by human power with the assistance of a motor; (2) Is equipped with pedals that mechanically drive the rear wheel or wheels; (3) Has two or three wheels, of which one is more than 14 inches in diameter; (4) Has a motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less and, if the motor is an internal combustion engine, a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters poston displacement of less. (1978, ch. 328; 1979, ch. 65). 16-101 (b) "Motor-assisted bicycles" require a driver's license or moped operator's permit regardless of residency status

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