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Tennessee moped laws

Because of a family members recent run in with the law, because of using a moped, I have done a lil research. Here is what I personally looked up in the TN code. I understand if you dont want to post everything here as it would take up some space on a page.. so feel free to cut and paste any info you feel is pertinent. I was unable to uncover any regulations on required lighting. My family member received, as well, a citation, for improper equipment, for no blinkers when his moped never had lights from the factory. The closest I could find was that "motorcycles" must have a headlight.

TN mopeds and laws that govern them.

55-9-101. Chapter definitions.

As used in this chapter, 'motor vehicle' 'motorcycle' 'motor-driven cycle' 'autocycle' and 'motorized bicycle' have the meanings ascribed to them in § 55-8-101.

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55-8-101. Chapter definitions.

As used in this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5, of this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

(34) 'Motorized bicycle' means a vehicle with two (2) or three (3) wheels, an automatic transmission, and a motor with a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty

cubic centimeters (50cc) which produces no more than two (2) brake horsepower and is capable of

propelling the vehicle at a maximum design speed of no more than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) on

level ground. The operator of a motorized bicycle must be in possession of a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, and shall be subject to all applicable and practical rules of the road. A motorized

bicycle may not be operated on a highway of the interstate and defense highway system, any similar

limited access multilane divided highway, or upon sidewalks;

{{{{{{{Notice it says "Interstate System" and not "State System" as defined below}}}}}}}}}} ..................................................................................................

55-3-101. Motor vehicles subject to registration and certificate of title provisions Exceptions.

(a) Every motor vehicle or motorized bicycle, as defined in chapter 8 of this title, and every trailer, semi-trailer, and pole trailer as defined by § 55-1-105, when

driven or moved upon a highway, and every mobile home or house trailer when occupied shall be

subject to the registration and certificate of title provisions of chapters 1-6 of this title, except:

(7) Motorized bicycles, except when voluntarily registered under the provisions of § 55-4-101;

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55-4-101. Registration required before operation Application Issuance of registration and license plates Rules and regulations Temporary permit Transfer of registration when changing vehicles Fees Safety rules for homemade trailers.

(k) The owner of a motorized bicycle may, subject to the approval of the commissioner, apply for registration and registration plates for such motorized bicycle. The commissioner shall by regulation provide for the manner in which such single applications are to be made and the conditions under which they may be allowed; however, this provision shall not be construed as granting the commissioner authority to issue such registration and plates on any basis other than as is required in this chapter. Each applicant for registration under this

provision shall be charged the same registration taxes imposed on Class (A) motor vehicles by § 55-4-111.

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Definitions as defined by Tennessee Code:

'Highway' or 'street' means the entire width between boundary lines of every way publicly maintained, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for

purposes of vehicular travel;

'Interstate system' means that portion of the national system of

interstate and defense highways, located within this state, as officially designated, or as may hereafter be so designated, by the commissioner, and approved by the secretary of transportation of the United States, pursuant to the provisions of title 23 of the United States Code;

'State system' means that portion of highways located within this state, as officially designated, or as may hereafter be so designated by the commissioner;

Info found. From.... http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/ Linked to... http://www.michie.com/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&cp=

I know this is a lil to much, a lil too late, but its my attempted donation. :)



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