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Utah Moped Laws

"Moped" means a motor-driven cycle having:
(i) pedals to permit propulsion by human power; and
(ii) a motor which:
(A) produces not more than two brake horsepower; and
(B) is not capable of propelling the cycle at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour on level ground.
(b) If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters and the moped shall have a power drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged.
(c) "Moped" includes an electric assisted bicycle and a motor assisted scooter.


"Motor assisted scooter" means a self-propelled device with:
(a) at least two wheels in contact with the ground;
(b) a braking system capable of stopping the unit under typical operating conditions;
(c) a gas or electric motor not exceeding 40 cubic centimeters;
(d) either:
(i) a deck design for a person to stand while operating the device; or
(ii) a deck and seat designed for a person to sit, straddle, or stand while operating the device; and
(e) a design for the ability to be propelled by human power alone.


"Electric assisted bicycle" means a moped:
(a) with an electric motor with a power output of not more than 1,000 watts; and
(b) which is not capable of:
(i) propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour on level ground; and
(ii) increasing the speed of the device when human power is used to propel the device at more than 20 miles per hour.

Persons on bicycles, mopeds, skates, and sleds not to attach to moving vehicles -- Exception.
(1) A person riding a bicycle, moped, coaster, skate board, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle may not attach it or a person to any moving vehicle on a highway.
(2) This section does not prohibit attaching a trailer or semitrailer to a bicycle or moped if that trailer or semitrailer has been designed for attachment.

Bicycles and mopeds -- Turns -- Designated lanes.

(1) A person riding a bicycle or moped and intending to turn left shall comply with Section 41-6a-801 or Subsection (2).
(2) (a) A person riding a bicycle or moped intending to turn left shall approach the turn as close as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway.
(b) After proceeding across the intersecting roadway, to the far corner of the curb or intersection of the roadway edges, the bicyclist or moped operator shall stop, as far out of the way of traffic as practical.
(c) After stopping, the bicyclist or moped operator shall yield to any traffic proceeding in either direction along the roadway he had been using.
(d) After yielding and complying with any traffic-control device or peace officer regulating traffic, the bicyclist or moped operator may proceed in the new direction.
(3) (a) Notwithstanding Subsections (1) and (2), a highway authority in its respective jurisdiction may place traffic-control devices that require and direct turning bicyclists and moped operators to travel a specific course.
(b) When the devices are placed under Subsection (3)(a), a person may not turn a bicycle other than as directed by the devices.

Operation of bicycle or moped on and use of roadway -- Duties, prohibitions.

(1) A person operating a bicycle or a moped on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as near as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway except when:
(a) overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
(b) preparing to make a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway;
(c) traveling straight through an intersection that has a right-turn only lane that is in conflict with the straight through movement; or
(d) reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand edge of the roadway including:
(i) fixed or moving objects;
(ii) parked or moving vehicles;
(iii) bicycles;
(iv) pedestrians;
(v) animals;
(vi) surface hazards; or
(vii) a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
(2) A person operating a bicycle or moped on a highway shall operate in the designated direction of traffic.
(3) (a) A person riding a bicycle or moped on a roadway may not ride more than two abreast with another person except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(b) If allowed under Subsection (3)(a), a person riding two abreast with another person may not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and shall ride within a single lane.
(4) If a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, a bicycle rider may be directed by a traffic-control device to use the path and not the roadway.

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