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Classifying scooters for driver safety
Start Date: 2/8/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 2/8/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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This past Monday was the House’s third reading deadline, meaning that all House bills had to be voted on and passed in order to be further discussed in the Senate. My colleagues and I spent the majority of the day in the House chamber discussing and debating the final 50 bills that were on third reading. As I listened, one bill in particular sparked my interest.  

House Bill (HB) 1343 addresses regulations affecting mopeds or scooters which are referred to in the legislation as “motor driven cycles.” Communities in our area are seeing an increase in moped traffic, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you changes that might be coming this year.

HB 1343 cleans up current state law including expired provisions and gives those without any other means of transportation an opportunity to go about their day safely. This bill would also make it simple to define scooters, mopeds and motorcycles as falling under one of two classes: Class A or Class B.

Class A cycles have engines measuring 50 cubic centimeters or greater. To drive a Class A vehicle, you would be required to pass a motorcycle examination and have a valid driver’s insurance, registration and license plate. 

A Class B cycle, or a lower powered moped or scooter, is defined as having an engine smaller than 50 cubic centimeters and requires a state ID with a motor driven cycle endorsement, registration and license plate. However, Class B does not require the driver to have insurance.

The registration of scooters and mopeds with the BMV also means that operators would receive colored license plates distinguishing each Class. Law enforcement would be able to easily identify scooters, especially in the case of criminal actions. 

This bill is significant because it clarifies current definitions of scooters and mopeds and provides the classifications above to explain the credentials or necessary actions needed when operating these cycles. Scooters have become a popular source of transportation and consequentially have caused issues in different Hoosier communities because there aren’t clear cut qualifications in place to keep everyone on the road safe. This legislation works to remedy that situation.

American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) support for the bill because the organization believes the registration of scooters and mopeds will hold their operator’s more accountable. 

Next week, we will carry forward with the momentum we’ve gained during the first half of session and discuss Senate legislation. As the different bills are assigned to committees and passed, I’ll be sure to keep you informed of the issues that matter most.  

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.
Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: maggie.johnson@iga.in.gov
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