Driving You Crazy: Laws regulating moped riders

LAS VEGAS - A cyclist says she wonders why moped riders are not required to have helmets, vehicle registration or insurance.

Bicyclists are not required to wear a helmet according to Nevada law, but the Department of Motor Vehicles recommends that riders wear helmets.

Metro Police says scooters are defined as mopeds, and riders are not required to wear helmets, because the bikes are not considered motorcycles. They are required to have a standard, class C driver's license.

In the past, lawmakers have tried to pass a helmet law for mopeds, but those attempts have failed. Metro Police supports that legislation.

Metro is also working to introduce legislation in the 2015 Legislature that would require moped drivers to register their bikes and obtain insurance like other motorists.

Until then, if you get hit by a moped, and it damages your vehicle, you can either get the rider's information and sue him or her for damages or use your uninsured motorist coverage if you have it.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.


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