Stolen Scooter from the Forum Reunited with Owner

Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

On Monday a reader posted about a stolen scooter in the forum section. I’m happy to say the owner has been reunited the scooter. The owner writes and gives a heads up on new scooter registration rules:

Dear PoPville,

Thanks for your help with my sad stolen scooter saga. To wrap it up I am happy to report that it has been located. I wouldn’t have been able to find it if it had not been for the diligent internet work of my fellow Mt. Pleasant neighbors and the post on the PoP forum.

The police said they get about 50 scooters a week.

Also to note. The law just changed in DC about 50 CC scooters in the past year or so due to the amount of people on the road with them. It used to be 150cc that you had to have tags etc for. You must now have them tag titled and insured to be riding them. This wasn’t the case before which is why mine wasn’t. They stated that most people are unaware of the new law if they purchased their scooters before the law changed which was recent.

So for scooter riders its something to keep in mind because they said they are going to start pulling people over that don’t have tags and issue warnings to get the word out.

Thanks for all your help!

7 Comment

  • It’s good that they are requiring registrations and insurance for these things now. There is no functional difference in city traffic than with motorcycles.

    Also, the police should start pulling over and ticketing those delivery jerks who drive a Ruckus without a helmet. I see that all the time.

  • I have owned my 50 cc for over 3 years and it has been the law that they must be registered and insured since the day I bought it so I do not think this is something new.

  • houseintherear

    They recently changed laws about 49cc “mopeds”… they used to be considered bicycles, and could even be riden in bike lanes, provided they were actual moPEDs. Now mopeds and scooters, no matter the size of wheels, top speed, or amount of cc’s, are considered the same when it comes to registration. However, a moped owner (if the moped is under 50cc, does not go over 30 mph, and has 16” or larger wheels) does not need a motorcycle license to operate the moped.

  • The 50cc rule has been in place for a few years. You’re just lucky you haven’t been pulled over/ticketed yet. Here’s the DMV’s chart on what’s classified as a motorcycle and what’s classified as a motorized bicycle:

    As you can see, most scooters being operated fall under motorcycles for the purposes of licensing and insurance.

  • brookland_rez

    As others have stated, this has been the law for a while in DC.

  • Yep, I got pulled over 8 or 9 years ago and the cop was threatening to throw the book at me, but I got lucky because he got called away and let me go with a warning. After that incident, I got a motorcycle license and registered my scooter. A lot of people velcro or otherwise temporarily attach the tags only when they’re riding because tags tend to get stolen when the scooter is parked.

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