Is it Legal to Drive a Moped on the Street?

If you are driving on the streets or highways of Nevada, you may not realize that you can go on the city’s streets in a moped. In fact, many people use a moped as a means of transportation instead of a vehicle or motorcycle because it is fun and reasonably inexpensive. That being said, moped riders face a higher risk of injury or death, particularly when they are involved in an accident with a passenger car or commercial truck. Moped riders and drivers are especially at risk when negligent or dangerous drivers are behind the wheel on Las Vegas roads. Understanding the law, including the rights and obligations of moped drivers and riders, will help protect yourself in a crash or avoid the danger altogether.

Mopeds Defined

Simply put, a moped is just a gas-powered scooter. These vehicles are becoming more and more popular across the United States, including in Las Vegas. Nevada law considers a moped a mode of transportation that rides on no more than three wheels but is powered by a small engine. State law dictates that the engine must not produce more than two gross braking horsepower and must have 50 cubic centimeters or less of displacement. A moped may travel up to a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, on level ground. Generally, a moped is stronger, bigger, and more powerful than an electric bicycle. A moped is not required to be equipped with turn signals.

Moped Rules and Regulations

Las Vegas law states that a moped driver has the right to ride on the city’s streets. While some moped owners try to increase the vehicle’s maximum speed and power by altering it, if the moped has the capacity to exceed the limits in excess of what is allowable by law, these changes are likely illegal. A modified moped may be considered a motorcycle instead and fall under the regulations, insurance requirements, safety gear mandates, and license endorsements for motorcycles.

While Nevada moped owners must register their vehicle with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (NDMV), they do not need to do so annually. Instead, a moped owner pays a one-time registration fee that includes a special license plate. The registration is non-transferrable and the license plate is unique to the owner. A moped driver must carry a regular Class C or higher driver’s license to operate the moped on public streets. Moreover, moped drivers do not need to wear protective gear or purchase insurance.

Moped Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been injured while driving your moped in Las Vegas or anywhere else in Nevada due to someone else’s dangerous driving, contact Parry & Pfau today. Our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys can help you to fight for your rights and the compensation to which you are entitled.

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