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New Indiana scooter law aims to make roads safer

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Scooter drivers must now register their 50cc scooters with the BMV after a new law took effect Jan. 1. Scooter drivers must now register their 50cc scooters with the BMV after a new law took effect Jan. 1.
 CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A new law in Indiana now requires everyone who owns a scooter, no matter its horsepower, to have it registered with the state.

People who own 50cc scooters are now required to have a license plate, a valid state ID and pass a road sign test. Previously, the same scooters did not require the same registration or regulations as higher horsepower scooters. 

It's been years in the making for some Indiana legislators. 

"I'm glad the state is finally going to clean that law up," said Kevin Vissing, an Indiana native.

Vissing believes the regulations will make the state's roads safer for everyone.

"I do believe scooter riders, a lot of them don't know the rules of the road and as we talked before, there are some kids who are well under the age of 15 who have no clue about what the rules are so it's going to be safer all the way around," he told WDRB.

He hopes law enforcement will take the new law seriously.

"I hope the police will enforce these laws. That's the most important thing," he said.

JJ mann, general sales manager at CC Motorsports in Clarksville, says he hopes the new regulations help clear up some confusion.

"I think there's a lot of confusion with police officers and the consumers themselves what is legal and what's not in the state of Indiana," he said.

He says they sell a lot of scooters to people who use them for their daily commute.

"It's a lot easier way for people to get around town. If you've got a shorter trip, it's a lot better on gas mileage."

But he says the new law could impact his scooter sales.

"We hope to not see that but yes it could because now the legality is there a little more determined," he said.

BMV officials say the new law should also help combat the theft of motor-driven cycles.

You can find more information from the BMV here.

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