Mopeds; prohibited on highways with speed limits in excess of 35 miles per hour. (SB333)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mopeds.  Prohibits the operation of mopeds on highways with posted speed limits in excess of 35 miles per hour. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102626D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/25/2012Continued to 2013 in Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Allen Muchnick writes:

This is a terrible proposal. If mopeds are banned, bicycles will be next.

Wayne Wilcox writes:

From a pragmatic perspective, what about rural areas where there are no roads under 35mph? Or urban/suburban areas, where 45mph roads dominate the road network so much that the alternatives are either ridiculous or non-existent?

From a social justice perspective, does this discriminate or otherwise oppress those who are economically disadvantaged and unable to buy a car? Or those whose licenses have been revoked and are trying to get to work? It looks like it does, even if is only an unintended consequence.

From a slippery slope perspective, I would worry that this bill opens the door to doing the same to cyclists, pedestrians, horses, etc.

This bill should be defeated.

Sheryl Finucane writes:

Agreed, this bill must be defeated. In addition to the reasons Wayne stated, this bill is completely opposite to all efforts to reduce gasoline consumption and congestion.

Michael Kaspareck writes:

Not just a bad idea for the reasons cited above, but also redundant. Codes are already in place which allow state and local agencies to prohibit the operation of certain vehicles and other entities on specific roads. For examples of signage to that effect, see the prohibitive signs at almost every interstate entrance ramp.