Here is the answer I rec'd from the MVA itself. This should be gospel. I asked about "mopeds" his answer references "Motor Scooters". Maybe there is a chance to get the distinction back.
Senator Jacobs has sent me your inquiry with regard to motor scooters. As of October 1, it will be unlawful to operate a motor scooter or moped without a titling decal affixed to the rear of the vehicle. An operator must have insurance and carry an insurance card and must wear a motorcycle helmet. The MVA is still working on the process to title motor scooters and it is anticipated to be complete shortly before October 1. We intend to have a process whereby an individual can apply online for a title and receive a title and decal in the mail.
If you are titling your existing motor scooter or moped before October 1, 2013, there will be no excise tax or title fee. You will only pay a $5 decal fee to receive your title and decal. After October 1, 2013 all motor scooters and moped titles will be subject to the 6% excise tax, $20 title fee, and a $5 decal fee.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Philip Dacey, Esq.
Director of External Affairs, MVA