Pet Peeve On Scooters
Okay, I'm not knocking scooters by any means. What my pet peeve is about them is the majority of them do over twenty five miles per hour. Why is that a problem? The problem is that a moped type vehicle, which a scooter is not, is that to be able to comply & ride without insurance or a license it can't exceed 49cc's and has a top speed of twenty five miles per hour and have pedals. A scooter by certain brands have 49cc engines but they have top speeds of much more than twenty five. So what's the problem, whats my gripe? These scooter riders, many of them, ride with no license, tags or insurance and plenty of them don't obey traffic laws as if they are on a bicycle. Even bicycle riders have to obey the same rules of the road. I see these idiots riding all over with helmets unbuckleld, feet hanging down beside them instead of up on the floor boards or pegs, carrying large packages in their laps or on the floor that sticks way out on both sides of scooter. They ride without lights, don't use turn signals or proper hand signals and the list goes on.
It er ks me to have to pay insurance, tags and license to legally be on the roads but these scooter riders pay nothing. You know, if they are going to be allowed to continue riding these scooters then they should have to carry insurance and be tagged. I spoke with a former officer about this and she told me of the ticket she wrote a man on a moped going forty on a slight uphill grade. He said she couldn't write him a ticket for riding with no insurance, license or tags. She replied that he was going over the speed limit to qualify as a moped to qualify as a moped to be excluded can not exceed top speed of twenty five on a flat level surface, and that he was exceeding that going up hill. In court the ticket stood and the man had to pay his fines and court costs.