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Virginia Scooter Laws
The ordinances pertaining to the operation of small scooters (or mopeds) on public roadways have actually been made less restrictive.
MOPED RULES / 50cc SCOOTERS
Mopeds are defined as every vehicle that travels on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground that has (1.) a seat that is no less than 24 inches in height, measured from the middle of the seat perpendicular to the ground and (2.) a gasoline, or hybrid motor that displaces less than 50 cubic centimeters.
-While operating upon a public street or highway the driver must obey all traffic laws.
-While operating a moped on the highway the operator is required to ride as close as practical to the right curb/edge of the roadway.
-All persons riding on a moped are required to wear protective helmet and safety glasses of a type approved by Superintendent of State Police.
-No Moped shall be driven on any highway or public vehicular area faster than 35mph or by any person under 16 years of age.
-No moped shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons which were designed or equipped.
-When operating between the hours of sunset and sunrise, it must be equipped with a headlight and a red rear reflector visible at night.
-Anyone operating a moped faster than 35mph is considered to be operating a motorcycle, which subjects the operator to the same traffic laws that govern motorcycles.
-All operators are required to carry some form of identification with them at all times which includes their name, address, and date of birth.