TO REQUIRE MOPEDS TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND TO HAVE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT A POLICY OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Amends GS 20-10.1 to (1) prohibit passengers on a moped; (2) require that mopeds be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles (Division) in the same manner as any other vehicle, with the owner paying the same fees, as well as issued the same registration card and plate as a motorcycle; and (3) make it unlawful to operate a moped on a public street or highway or public vehicular area without financial responsibility in full force and effect as required by Articles 9 and 13 of GS Chapter 20, with the Division enforcing compliance the same as any other motor vehicle. Also provides that in order to be registered with the Division, a moped must have a vehicle identification number as required under GS 20-52(a)(2) and be designed and manufactured for use on public highways. Makes technical changes. Repeals GS 20-51(9), which exempts mopeds from registration. Makes a conforming change to GS 20-140.4 (Special provisions for motorcycles and mopeds). Effective December 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
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