A Scooter by Any Other Name...

by Ron Goldwyn
(Milford, CT, USA)

What is a scooter? To me it is a vehicle that may be two, three, or four wheeled and run on fuel or battery power,AND DOES NOT REQUIRE A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE TO OPERATE.

Now, I am handicapped (My Car has Handicapped License Plates and a placard to hang,) I also have a three wheeled electric scooter for use in malls and local use. In my home I have a power chair that is also electric and is controlled by a joy-stick that I obtained through the "Scooter Store."

I no longer have my Puch moped which was fuel powered, but also had pedals like a bicycle. Finally I have my Tomos Nitro 50 scooter which in Connecticut requires a motor vehicle license to use on state and city streets.(Sorry kids)

In this state (CT) if the scooter's engine is over 49cc it is classified as a motorcycle and requires the operator to have a Motorcycle Operators License, (a Motor Vehicle Drivers License is NOT acceptable) the vehicle is to be registered with state license plates and to carry liability insurance.

In New York my Moped had to be registered with MVB plates but did not require a Motorcycle Operators License or carry insurance.

Now I repeat myself... Are you operating a Scooter or a Motorcycle (Bike)?

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Aug 08, 2009
by: Jim Zeiser

I know a lot of people on Scootdawg with 250 and larger scooters that might take exception to your definition. Especially Harry and his 650 Silver Wing. He doesn't own a motorcycle because he only likes to ride scooters. Of course he has a motorcycle license because most states require one for anything over 50cc. He thinks of himself of a scooterist even so.

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