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Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 06:08:56
Subject: Moped Laws
From: Dom Tetreault
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----- Original Message -----
From: THOMAS KELLEY
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Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2000 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: 87 Derbi?

> Any one,To find the legalities in YOUR State,Check your local State
> Dept. of Motor Vehicles(Were you would go to get a drivers license
> and/or register a automobile.)

Of course, there's always the chance the clerks know absolutely nothing
about mopeds except that it's a checkmark under the heading 'Vehicle Type'.
(

I don't know if any states have this but Ontario's entire Highway Traffic
Act is online. Surprise, surprise, I found the exact legal definition of a
moped (for Ontario, and unfortunately for me my QT50 is legally a motorcycle
*snicker*) and all laws pertaining to mopeds, which are quaintly referred to
in the text as 'motor-assisted bicycles'.

I'll just give a brief rundown of them for fellow Ontarians on the list, if
there are any, who need to know:

A moped *must* have pedals and can't do more than 50kph. They also can't go
on 400-series highways. (Now, did they need a specific law for *that*?
Heheh. Of course, this means that I *can* bring the QT50 onto the 401 if I
liked, but it would be suicide.)

In order to ride a moped you must have a valid driver's license. The
government doesn't care what class. You could have your G1 and drive a
moped. You also have to have a moped plate (a nice red one), and, by logical
extrapolation, insurance.

You have to wear a *motorcycle* helmet. Not a bicycle one.

You're not allowed to ride on sidewalks. (Awww.)

There's also some stupid, obvious laws, like the damned thing has to have
brakes. ) But those are the big ones up there.

Hope this helps someone.

- dom
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