Moped, Motorcycle and Scooter Safety

Know the Rules of the Road …

If you own and operate a moped, scooter or motorcycle, it’s essential to know that even though these vehicles may look alike, the power of their motors are different and so are the laws governing them. Read on to stay within the law and keep yourself and others safe from harm.

A moped is not a motorcycle or a scooter
  • The difference is generally determined by the size of the engine.
  • If the engine size is 50 CC or less, the vehicle is considered a moped.
  • Anything greater than 50 CC is a scooter or motorcycle.
  • All vehicles that are considered scooters must be registered and insured as motorcycles, regardless of whether or not they have a transmission with gears or a single-speed unit.
Have the right license and vehicle tags
  • Scooters and motorcycles must have a vehicle license tag from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Moped tags are issued by a moped dealer and must meet certain specifications.
  • Moped tags must be made of reflective metal and have a validation sticker on the tag.
  • To operate a moped, you must have a class D, G, or M driver’s license, while motorcycle and scooter drivers must have class M driver’s licenses.
  • Moped drivers are subject to traffic laws governing other motor vehicles.
  • A moped driver must have his or her license in possession at all times when operating a moped.
Stay off the sidewalks and within the law
  • It is unlawful to operate a moped on any sidewalk. Mopeds must remain on the street.
  • State law prohibits mopeds from exceeding a speed of 25 miles per hour.
  • It is illegal for more than one person to ride on a moped unless the moped was manufactured to seat two people.
  • Any person under the age of twenty-one must wear a helmet on a moped, scooter and motorcycle.
  • The operator of a moped must have the operating lights turned on at all times while the moped is in operation on the public highways and streets of South Carolina.
Register your vehicle
  • University policy requires mopeds, scooters and motorcycles to be registered with Parking Services.
  • Mopeds, motorcycles and scooters have designated spaces in which they must park.
  • Parking on the sidewalk or securing your moped to a bicycle rack is never allowed.
  • Mopeds should never be brought inside any University building.

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