North Carolina could require moped insurance


Legislation placing new requirements on moped owners in North Carolina is just one vote away from Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

The state Senate gave tentative approval by a 39-9 vote Monday night to a House bill requiring that the low-powered motor bikes get liability insurance. A law requiring that mopeds be registered with the state is already set to go into effect July 1.

The Senate needs to give it final approval - possibly Tuesday- before it goes to McCrory.

Some senators such as Democratic Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham voiced concerns during floor debate that the insurance requirement would disadvantage poor or rural riders.

A House bill sponsor said last week annual insurance premiums could range from $90 to $380, depending on driving history.
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