What’s a moped?
- a low-power, lightweight motorized bicycle.
Mopeds typically travel only a bit faster than bicycles on public roads, and possess both a motorcycle engine and pedals for propulsion. They are a great and cost effective mode of transportation, as some mopeds claim an exceptional 132 mpg! They are fairly easy to maintain and operate. All of our staff, here at Hillside Auto Repair, can asisst you with that maintenance!
What is legal in Missouri?
The moped, or motorized bicycle, is an ideal in-between vehicle for those who want to save gas without committing to a motorcycle. Under Missouri law, mopeds are legally “vehicles,” just like passenger cars. As such, they come with their own set of rules and regulations operators must follow.
In Missouri, moped operators need a valid driver’s license. According to Missouri law, any two- or three-wheeled vehicle with an automatic transmission and maximum speeds of 30 miles per hour are technically “scooters” or “mopeds.”
It is not legally required to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a moped in Missouri. Despite the law not mandating helmet usage on mopeds, we heavily encourage the use of helmets on any motorized vehicles! Helmets can significantly lower the risk of serious branin inuries and death.
You cannot operate a moped on sidewalks in Missouri. It may surprise you to find out that you cannot ride a moped on the federal interstate highway system in Missouri. You can, however, ride on other public streets and highways.
You must ride in the same direction as traffic. Since you will most likely be driving slower than other cars around you, you would need to keep your moped in the far right lane. You can switch lanes as necessary to make a left turn. Stay as visible as possible to other motorists, and yield right-of-way when appropriate. It’s also very wise to always triple check lanes before a lane change, as your moped is very small in size comparison to other vehicles on the road (think semi trucks!). Do not ride two abreast with other vehicles, or drive in between two lanes. Always signal your intent to turn, and keep your maneuvers predictable. Safety is always your top priority!
Although you do not need to put your moped through inspections, you do need to maintain its equipment to avoid traffic citations from law enforcement. Mopeds must have brakes that can stop the vehicle within 25 feet traveling at 10 miles per hour. They need a white light on the front visible from 500 feet and a red light or reflector on the rear visible from 600 feet. Each side of the moped should have reflective material or lights.