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Enforcement of electronic registration of mopeds, scooters delayed

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

(Sept. 28, 2012) Ocean City police are delaying enforcement of the new state requirement for citizens to register scooters and mopeds electronically by Oct. 1.

They are not delaying enforcement of the new insurance, helmet and eye protection laws that go into effect that day.

The new state laws pertain to all Ocean City scooter rental and retail sale operators as well as private citizens who own and operate these types of vehicles.

Effective Monday, Oct. 1, mopeds and motor scooters that are owned by Maryland residents are required to display a registration decal issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

Non-residents who own a motor scooter or moped in another state, but who operate it in Maryland, are exempt from the new registration requirements.

They are not exempt, however, from Maryland laws regarding insurance, helmet and eye protection. State law requires the operator to have proof of insurance in their possession. State law also requires the person riding or operating a moped or motor scooter to wear protective headgear that meets specific federal standards. If the vehicle does not have a windscreen, eye protection must also be worn.

All mopeds and motor scooters must be titled electronically and be issued a permanent decal to place on the rear of the vehicle. Maryland residents can go towww.mva.maryland.gov to register their scooters. This Web-based registration has been operational as of this week.

The cost of the decal is $5. For the first year, until Oct. 1, 2013, motor scooters and mopeds that are not new will be exempt from the titling fee and excise tax.

Maryland business owners who sell or rent mopeds or motor scooters will have different registration rules and costs than private owners. Business owners should contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration directly.

For information, call 410-723-6665.

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