Massachusetts Moped Laws

Massachusetts Moped Laws

(submitted by Garo Der Hagopian)

Need a valid driver's license or learner's permit to operate a moped. Some limitations:
  • must be at least 16 and hold a valid driver's license or learner's permit
  • may NOT drive at speeds greater than 25mph
  • may Not ride on state highways or limited access roads with signs prohibiting bicycles
  • must use proper hand signals before stopping/turning
  • you may use bicycle lanes along roadways, but NOT off-street recreational paths
  • You and any passenger must wear DOT standard helmets; the fine for not wearing a helmet is $35
  • you may not carry a passenger if you are operating on a permit
  • registering your moped at the DMV does not alter your insurance in any way (as long as it travels <30mph)
  • the cost to register is $20 (for 2 years); the fine for riding an unregistered moped is $100

other stuff: bike considered a moped when:

  • cyclinder capacity is no more than 50cc
  • has automatic transmission
  • max speed of 30mph, and operated at no more than 25mph
  • complies with all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards

I hope this helps a new MA mopeders

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