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Motorized Bicycle Laws in Pennsylvania

by Caroline Folkenroth

With increasing gas prices, many people are looking for more economical means of transportation. To drive a motorized bicycle, moped, motor scooter, dirt bike, or motorcycle on Pennsylvania highways and roadways, you must meet the state's criteria, otherwise the use of these vehicles is limited only to private property.

Definition

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or PennDot: mopeds or motor-driven cycles are defined by having pedals, a motor with a rating of no more than 1.5 brake horsepower and an engine cylinder capacity no larger than 50 cubic centimeters. The vehicle has an automatic transmission and is designed to have a maximum speed of not more than 25-miles-per hour. A motor-driven cycle is also defined as an electric cycle with pedals and is powered by an electric battery,

Registration

If the motor-driven cycle meets these requirements, Pennsylvania requires an annual registration fee of $9. The vehicle does not need inspection and is issued a moped plate which must be displayed while on public roadways and highways.

Safety Requirements

In Pennsylvania, as long as the moped or motor-driven cycle does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters and is rated at 1.5 brake horsepower or smaller, no helmet or eye protection is required for the driver.

License

In Pennsylvania, a class M driver's license is required for a motor-driven cycle.

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