Mopeds and motor scooters: Know the rules before getting on road

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There’s some confusion over the different rules of the roads governing Mopeds and Motor Scooters.

Valley Motorsports in Northampton sells both Mopeds and Motor Scooters, but the similarities end there. The State requires a person purchasing a Scooter to have passed the test permitting him to ride a motorcycle.

But to buy the smaller Moped, a driver’s license will do.      

They’re basically short-distance modes of transportation, which is why we see so few Mopeds and Scooters on western Massachusetts roads.

“Around here, everything is too spread out you’ll notice them allot in areas where you have a lot of destinations in a short distance easier to take their speeds,” said Eric Poirier, sales manager at Valley Motorsports.

Another big difference; their speeds. Mopeds cannot exceed 25 miles an hour. Some Motor Scooters, which have much larger engines, have a much higher top speed.

“Mopeds a hold an average just a gallon of gas ready to go anywhere from 100-120 miles a gallon,” Poirier said. “The scooters hold a little more fuel in the 2-gallon range, 70 to eighty miles an hour.”

You shouldn’t be surprised never having seen a Moped on the MassPike or Interstate 91.  

Mopeds are not allowed on interstate highways.

Poirier only expects to see the popularity of Mopeds and Scooters to spike if gas prices were to surge again to $4 a gallon.

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