Overview of Code of Virginia
Definition of Moped: “Moped” means a conveyance that is either:
1. a bicycle-like device with pedals and a helper motor which is
rated at no more than two brake horsepower and which produces speeds up to
a maximum of thirty miles per hour or
2. a motorcycle with an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters
or less and a maximum speed of less than thirty miles per hour.
A “Moped ” is a “Vehicle,” but it isn’t a “Motor Vehicle” or a “Motorcycle.”
Speed: 30mph (48kph) maximum
Front: a white light which shall be visible in clear weather from a
distance of at least 500 feet to the front
Rear: a red reflector on the rear of a type approved and visible in
clear weather from fifty feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in
front of lawful high beams of head lights on a motor vehicle. A red light
visible in clear weather for 500 feet to the rear may be used in lieu of
or in addition to the red reflector.
Brakes: must be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Okay to ride a moped while driver’s license is revoked or suspended; § 46.2-301
Local authorities may require licensing of mopeds . § 15.2-1719
County, city, or town ordinance may require helmets, faceshields,
goggles, safety glasses, or windshields with knowing violations punishable by
a maximum fine of $50. § 46.2-915.2
Helmet laws apply in the Hampton Roads area.
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