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Old 05-01-2009, 08:32 AM
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Indiana Moped and Scooter Laws

The following information is being provided by the Fort Wayne Police Department. While not all laws are covered with regards to motorized bicycles, commonly known as "mopeds", those directly related to mopeds have been included. Any violation(s) could cause the operator to encounter criminal and/ or civil liability. These have been explained in a simple manner.

Indiana Code I.C. 9-21-11-12 Restricitons on operation of mopeds-In order to operate a moped, you must:
(1) Be at least 15 years old;
(a)Those under 18 years old (I.C. 9-21-11-13) must:
(i) Wear protective headgear;
(ii) Wear eye protection, i.e. goggles, glasses, faceshield, etc.
(2)Have with you a state issued drivers license or I.D. card;
(3)You cannot drive on an interstate highway or sidewalk;
(4) You cannot drive over 25 miles per hour

Other rules of the road
It is important to understand that depending on certain factors, your "scooter" may be considered a motorcycle. If this is the case, then you will have to obey those laws pertaining to motorcycles. The following definitions apply.

(1)Moped-a 2 or 3 wheeled vehicle powered by an engine or electric motor. If it is
powered by an engine:
(a)It must not have a rating or more than 2 HP (horsepower);
(b)It must not be more than 50cc (cubic centimeter)
It must have an automatic transmission;
(d)It must be intended not to exceed 25MPH by design;
(e)This does not apply to electric personal assistive mobility devices.
(f) It may be driven by no more than 2 side by side in a single lane;
(g)Intended for 1 occupant (the driver);
(h) Has both pedals and a motor or engine.

(2) Scooter-a vehicle that has the following:
(a)Motive power (engine or motor);
(b)A seat, but not a saddle for the driver;
Two wheels;
(d)A floorpad for the drivers feet (floorboard);
(e)Intended for 1 occupant (the driver)

When a scooter is considered a moped
(1)When it is rated at 2HP or less; and
(2)When is has 50cc or less; and
(3)When the designed speed is not greater than 25MPH

When a scooter is considered a motorcycle
(1)When it is rated at more than 2HP; and
(2)When it has more than 50cc; and
(3)When the designed speed is greater than 25MPH.

(f) If this is the case in the latter example, then it is considered a motorcycle
(i) Drivers and passengers under 18 must wear head and eye protection;
(ii) Drivers must have with them a valid motorcycle endorsement or
motorcycle learners permit;
(iii) The vehicle must be registered (license plates) and insured;
(iv)All other motor vehicle laws apply;
(v) It may be driven by no more than 2 side by side in a single lane.

(3)Motorcycle-a motor vehicle with motive power, with a seat or saddle, with no more than 3 wheels in contact with the roadway, but does not include farm tractors or motorized bicycles.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:40 PM
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All 100% accurate. Good information.

(I have been an Indiana attorney for over 10 years, MBer for 2 years).
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:16 PM
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So lets say someone builds a "motorized" bicycle with one of these engine kits that are available over the internet. They then going did through their parents garage for thie old Schwinn.... After knock off all the cob webs and fixing the flat tired they mouth this engine kit and off they go..

With the way the law is set up.. Is it legal for them to drive this bicycle they made/modified without a headlight, tail lights, & turn signals? Or would this be deemed not "street legal" and end up get the operator a fine?
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: Indiana Moped and Scooter Laws

hey its not legal in ny but i have one and will continue to ride,and i will try my hardest not to get pulled over.
you could always yell: the throttle is stuck and the brakes went out
they cant give you a ticket if you cant stop
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:14 PM
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hey its not legal in ny but i have one and will continue to ride,and i will try my hardest not to get pulled over.
you could always yell: the throttle is stuck and the brakes went out
they cant give you a ticket if you cant stop
lol, I line in a small town everyone knows everyone.. They would just wait for me to get home..
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:44 AM
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well if its that small you shouldnt have a problem. i know in most very small towns you can ride just about anything:tractors,4-wheelers,dirtbikes,bikes with engines,etc.
like a town with just one cop,how many problems can you have.
i live in a small town but we have 1 cop car per street,im serious.
luckly i dont see them too much,but its still hit and miss with the troopers and local city cops.i feel like im on a bootleg run but without the wiskey,lol.

you are fine as long as you are allowed to put a engine on your bike,i dont know if you have to get a plate or not but its like $50 if you have too.
and they wont know how fast it goes or what size your engine is,you just say it goes 20mph and is 49cc.

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Old 05-04-2009, 11:14 AM
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So lets say someone builds a "motorized" bicycle with one of these engine kits that are available over the internet. They then going did through their parents garage for thie old Schwinn.... After knock off all the cob webs and fixing the flat tired they mouth this engine kit and off they go..

With the way the law is set up.. Is it legal for them to drive this bicycle they made/modified without a headlight, tail lights, & turn signals? Or would this be deemed not "street legal" and end up get the operator a fine?
Provided the engine is under 50ccs, 2 hp and under, with a transmission that does not require shifting and is designed to operate under 25 mph- it is legal. If it does not meet any one of those requirements, it is a motorcycle and must meet all of the motorcycle requirements.

BTW- there is a definition of motorized bicycle and scooter- but there is no difference with how they are treated under the law.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:15 PM
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yeah but whos going to know what size engine you have or how fast it goes,unless you get caught doing 35-40mph,and theres no inspection so no one will know if you have a shifter.but they can check your engine plate for engine size if it has one.but if its saids over 49cc you can take it off or put one over it.
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:43 PM
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Default Re: Indiana Moped and Scooter Laws

Worst case senerio for Chavo27 is you will have to use hand signals for braking and turning during daylight hours and not be allowed to drive at night.

As far as the scooters being considered motorcycles when they pass the 25mph mark.
My Dad is from fortwayne and from what I understand they are VERY strict on that and will give you alot of hassle about it.

But in Elkhart Indiana where I live the cops dont care if it is 50 cc and does 45mph. They might wave hello at you as you go by and thats it.

And living a 5 min drive from MI I beleive that scooters have to be plated and insured but I dont know about mopeds.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: Indiana Moped and Scooter Laws

I have had the same experience in the Valparaiso area as Jared had in Elkhart (I grew up in Edwardsburg, right over the border, by the way- and yes, scooter and mopeds must be registered there).
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