This comes from Josh Alleman (of Scooter Vita) a vocal scooter activist from North Carolina who is concerned about a new law about to go into effect that would now require insurance and registration for scooters, including those that would normally be classified as mopeds. Here in Texas it doesn’t matter, you’ve gotta have a license, registration and insurance no matter what.
I’m going to reprint Josh’s message below. If you live in North Carolina, you might wanna read this:
The lack of local concern here is disappointing to me. This bill is expected to pass in the Senate tomorrow without argument.
Call our Senators!
Burr, Richard – (R – NC) Class III
217 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Hagan, Kay R. – (D – NC) Class II
B40A DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
If it passes in the Senate, it goes to the House of Representatives. Call your Representatives! What are you doing at the moment? You can probably pick up the phone.http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=Senate
I’m not against insurance and registration for scooters. It only makes sense. Insurance is the problem though, because insurance isn’t given without a driver’s license. If you don’t have a drivers license, you can’t get insurance. If you can’t get insurance you can’t drive a moped or 50cc scooter. Perhaps we need some manner of “moped” endorsement on an ID or something for the folks that don’t have a license.
I’m not for people with DUIs to be on the road drinking. If you get caught on your scooter under the influence, you have abused your last privilege to be on the road (after your regular driver’s license was taken), and you’re done. Walk, ride a bike, take the bus, whatever… There should be zero tolerance for that.
There are MANY of us in the scootering community though, myself included, who aren’t addicts (I’m NOT addicted to scooters! *cough cough*) and we don’t abuse the privilege, and we RELY on our scooters as an economical and fuel efficient means of transportation.
50cc scooters go 30mph out of the factory. Many of them can go a whopping 45 mph if you tinker with them and de-restrict ‘em. Why should we have to have a drivers license on something that is little more powerful than a bicycle?
I’m looking forward to the Winston-Salem meet tonight, and I hope that you all will help me write a petition. Those of you who can’t make it, please do your part for yourselves and your fellow scooterists.