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Kentucky: New Moped and MC Laws

Postby Micronaut » Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:52 am

New laws for two-wheeled vehicles
By DANETTA BARKER Staff Writer ... mopeds.txt

Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:50 PM EDT Print this story | Email this story

Warm weather and high gas prices are bringing out the bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds. Although all are legal modes of transportation, a few rules do apply to those who are operating the two-wheeled vehicles.

The Maysville Police Department will be doing training next week to help officers learn more about the new laws that apply to the vehicles, as well as to identify problems.

"Mopeds are getting more popular," said Sgt. Leo McKay, training officer for the department. "Rules have changed. Today if you ride a moped you have to be 16 years old and have either a moped license or a driver's license."

A moped is a motorized bike that has a frame design that may include one or more horizontal crossbars supporting a fuel tank; it can have pedals. Also classified as a moped is a motorized bike with a step-through type frame which may or not have pedals. Both versions have no more that two brake horsepower and a cylinder capacity no more than 50 cubic centimeters. Mopeds cannot exceed 30 miles an hour, according to Kentucky law.

Some of the problems officers have with mopeds includes their use by underaged teens who drive around the streets on the vehicles, according to police.

"We have inexperienced drivers, who don't know the traffic rules," said Lt. Justin Horch. "Many times we have underaged drivers."

Two young girls ride a moped down a sidewalk along West Second Street in this file photo taken August, 2004. Terry Prather/Staff
Another problem for officers are mini-motocylces, small motorized bikes that are not allowed on the street. Horch said the vehicle has a low profile that comes below the bumper of a car and many times is not visible to the driver of a car or truck.

"Every now and then we see them on the street," said Lt. Justin Horch.

Other problems include mopeds on sidewalks, according to police. Horch wants to remind operators of mopeds, bicycles and motorcycles that the smaller vehicles have to obey the same traffic rules as cars and trucks.

"They have to abide by the same rules of the road, just like a car does," Horch said. "Cars are not allowed to park on sidewalks, neither are motorcycles and mopeds. Motorcycles require a full parking space, a moped is the same

Anyone not obeying the rules of traffic while operating a moped, bicycle or motorcycle will receive a citation from officers, according to McKay. First time offenders are given a written warning; after that officers will issue a citation.

Contact Danetta Barker at or call 606-564-9091, ext. 272.
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