the MB-Legal Past and Present?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by sparky, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Starting a new thread with a question that went unanswered in the MB-Legal Future thread...

    My state is not MB-friendly due to the way a motor vehicle is defined as any vehicle with a motor, regardless of if it's electric or gas. I'd really be interested in how the "good" states' legislatures became aware of MBs.

    Did someone ask a friend in their state's congress to write the law? Did a congressman just see an MBer riding and think, I should help that guy out? Did the congressmen in that state ride their own MBs? Did lots of citizens in one state push for the change? Did they just make it up before they even saw MBs?

    Also, this is as good of a place as any to start a list of the states and their current laws. Federal laws have no place in this because the states' officers are the ones who you will encounter and will enforce the state's laws. It'd be sweet if you guys posted factual information about your specific state laws... definition of a MB and terms of riding a MB.

    Thanks for the insight & input, all.
     
  2. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    I'll go first...

    MISSISSIPPI is not MB-friendly.

     
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  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Louisiana Laws in General, and specific exceptions

    I’ll quote what I had previously posted:

    For myself, I have an out:
    My doctor has indicated a willingness to prescribe an “electric mobility aid” for me, and to indicate that in his opinion as the prescribing physicioan, my trike qualifies, once motorized.

    Power delivered through the drive system to the road has to be electrically provided, but there is nothing which says where that electricity must be sourced from - whether a battery pack, or an onboard gas powered generator.
     
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  4. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Arizona Law 28-2516

    28-2516. Motorized electric or gas powered bicycles or tricycles; definition

    A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title:

    1. A certificate of title is not required for a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    2. Registration is not required for a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    3. Vehicle license tax is not imposed on a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    4. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle is exempt from the provisions of section 28-964 relating to required equipment on motorcycles and motor-driven cycles and from the provisions of title 49, chapter 3, article 5 relating to vehicle emissions inspections.

    5. A driver license is not required to operate a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    6. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle may use rights-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles.

    7. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle is not subject to chapter 9 of this title.

    B. This section does not prohibit a local authority from adopting an ordinance that regulates or prohibits the operation of motorized electric or gas powered bicycles or tricycles, except that a local authority shall not adopt an ordinance that requires registration and licensing of motorized electric or gas powered bicycles or tricycles.

    C. For the purposes of this section, "motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle" means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with a helper motor that has a maximum piston displacement of forty-eight cubic centimeters or less, that may also be self-propelled and that is operated at speeds of less than twenty miles per hour.
     
  5. Colorado Law:

    Cop one: "Hey! Check out that big dude on that motored bike riding down the trails!"
    Cop two: "Yea. He's pretty cool. HI!!"
    Me: HI OFFICERS!!
     
  6. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    You still need to register and pay a small fee for a certain number of years, don't you Large??
     
  7. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Well... I think I found something better than asking us all to do work that's already been done.

    I forgot about this site I'd seen awhile back, and it was recently dug up in a thread here.

    http://moped2.org/mstates.htm
    http://moped2.org/mlaws.htm

    They both have different purposes, but you'll get the idea. This will be a good bit easier now to figure out which states aren't MB-friendly.
     
  8. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Sparky, I don't know about the rest of the states, but Arizona has had a major change, allowing motorized bicycles and not calling them mopeds. I have posted the law in another thread. I can dig it up if you'd like.
     
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