Mopeds; prohibits driving on highways with speed limits greater than 45 mph. (HB1083)

Introduced By

Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Mopeds. Prohibits driving mopeds on highways with speed limits greater than 45 mph. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/13/2010Committee
01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101966D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2010Assigned Transportation sub: #2
02/03/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2010Left in Transportation

Comments

Allen Muchnick writes:

If this bill is enacted, it would set a dangerous precedent for banning bicycles from Virginia roadways.

Virginia's statutory speed limit for rural roadways is 55 MPH, so this bill would ban mopeds from many low-traffic Virginia roads.

Moreover, the application of this proposed moped ban is ambiguous because the Code of Virginia already defines mopeds that can operate faster than 35 MPH as motorcycles and not mopeds.

Sheryl Finucane writes:

Agreed that this bill sets a bad precedent for banning any vehicle that has a slower speed, including bicyclists.

The bill would also limit mobility of persons who have chosen this low cost mode of transportation, especially in rural areas where there is often no way to travel without using roadways with speed limits higher than 45 mph.

This bill discriminates against those who can't afford to or chose not to drive a larger vehicle, and is counter to all efforts at creating a more environmentally friendly state.