This thread is really only relevant to mopeders in Maryland. Please don't lecture us on how good or bad we have it compared to your state.
I've been hearing a lot of rumors and speculation about the new state laws concerning mopeds, hopefully this thread will clear some stuff up.
I still havent been able to find a legitimate news article on the law change, if anyone has a link to one I'd appreciate it.
So here is what I know from reading stuff on the MD government website.
Official Summary: Authorizing an insurer to exclude a moped and motor scooter from insurance benefits; requiring a moped or motor scooter in the State to be titled by the Motor Vehicle Administration; requiring an owner or prospective owner of a moped or motor scooter to obtain or maintain security; requiring an excise tax for a certificate of title for a specified moped or motor scooter; prohibiting an individual from operating or riding on a moped or motor scooter unless the individual is wearing specified headgear and eye protection; etc.
My take on the summary:
1) From what I've read the current bill does NOT require insurance for MD mopeds. It allows insurers to be able to say they don't want to insure your moped... but you aren't going to have it insured anyways, so who cares.
2) It will require them to be titled (I don't know the $ for the title, I've heard $5 to $20).
3) You will be required to wear a helmet and eye gear. IMO you should always wear a helmet anyways, and I doubt cops will be heavily enforcing eye gear, but who cares.
The bill have been approved by the senate (4/4/12), the house (4/3/12) and signed by governor (5/3/12). Its a law now, so don't expect it to be revoked or changed anytime soon.
The major things from the bill:
1) You must title your moped through the MVA electronically (no details on what that means or the cost)
2) You will get a decal from the MVA that you must have displayed on your moped in a certain manner.
3) They are going figure out a way to determine the value of a moped. You might have to pay an excise tax (tax on a specific good, like car). I'm thinking this is only really important for people buying new peds/scooters from a dealer.
4) The MVA can waive these fees in certain circumstances. I don't know what that really means. (edited)