Important changes to scooter registration to take effect 7/31/2009

On July 31, 2009 the law regarding scooter registration, insurance, and parking are set to change.  This law only pertains to limited use vehicles and not Low Speed Vehicles.  Information from the Registry has been posted below for your convienence.  If any information about this law changes we will post updates here, and if there are other questions about whether or not your scooter qualifies please contact our office, 617-722-2400.

There are only 2 definitions a Motorized Bicycle, a Moped and a motorcycle. The motorized bicycle has a motor capacity of not more than 50cc, an automatic transmission and cannot travel at a speed in excess of 30 mph. If it has a speed of greater that 30 mph and has not been certified by its manufacturer as a motorcycle with NHTSA, it cannot be registered and legally operated on the roads of the Commonwealth. If the vehicle has been certified by the manufacturer with NHTSA as a motorcycle and the speed is greater than 30 mph but less than 41 mph it is a Limited Use motorcycle.

 If the vehicle has been certified by the manufacturer with NHTSA as a motorcycle and the speed is 41 mph or greater it will be registered as a regular motorcycle.

 

 

Low Speed Vehicle (LSV)

A “low speed vehicle” is any . . .

  • 4-wheeled motor vehicle that . . .

o  has a 17-digit VIN

o  has been issued a Certificate of Origin

o  has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 3,000 pounds

o  has a top speed greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph, and

o  is National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)-certified as a “Low Speed Vehicle,” demonstrated by . . .

§ The Certificate of Origin listing the body style or body type as “LSV” or “Low Speed Vehicle”

§ The Manufacturer’s Certification Label posted on the vehicle containing the VIN and indicating the TYPE of vehicle as a “Low Speed Vehicle.”

This group includes neighborhood electric vehicles and speed-modified golf carts with top speeds greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph.

Operating a Low Speed Vehicle

1.   To be operated on a public way, LSVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LSV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.   Low speed vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 30 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other highly-trafficked areas due to their inherent speed limitations.

3.   Low speed vehicles, unlike other passenger plate vehicles, may bear commercial lettering, and may be used for commercial purposes.  These vehicles do not require commercial plates.

 

Limited Use Vehicle (LUV)

A “limited use vehicle” is any vehicle . . .

  • that has been certified by the manufacturer to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for that particular class of vehicle (e.g. passenger, motorcycle, truck, etc.), and
  • whose speed on the paved level surface can exceed 30 miles per hour but is not capable of exceeding 40 miles per hour.

Operating a Limited Use Vehicle

1.    To be operated on a public way, LUVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LUV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.    Limited use vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways,” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other heavily-trafficked areas, due to their inherent speed limitations.

 

Operating a Limited Use Vehicle

1.    To be operated on a public way, LUVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LUV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.    Limited use vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways,” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other heavily-trafficked areas, due to their inherent speed limitations.

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