Non-conventional vehicles; titling and registration of mopeds, etc. (HB1984)

Introduced By

Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unconventional vehicles. Provides for the titling and registration of mopeds and distinctive license plates for low-speed vehicles. The bill also requires a moped operator to carry government-issued photo identification and wear a face shield, safety glasses, or goggles if his moped is not equipped with safety glass or a windshield. It also makes sales of all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles, and mopeds subject to the same taxes as the sale of other motor vehicles and makes mopeds subject to the tangible personal property tax. The bill, too, replaces the term "scooter" with "foot-scooter" and makes other largely technical changes based upon recommendations made by DMV after a year-long study of Virginia's laws relating to unconventional vehicles. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101753D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/2013Assigned Transportation sub: #3
01/15/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
01/17/2013Reported from Transportation with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2013Committee substitute printed 13104022D-H1
01/17/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/17/2013Assigned App. sub: Transportation
01/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1984)
01/28/2013Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/28/2013Subcommittee recommends no action (7-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1984H1)
01/28/2013Assigned App. sub: Transportation
01/30/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2013Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Committee substitute printed 13104760D-H2
02/01/2013Read first time
02/03/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1984H2)
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee on Transportation substitute rejected 13104022D-H1
02/04/2013Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 13104760D-H2
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1984H2
02/05/2013Pending question ordered
02/05/2013Read third time and defeated by House (43-Y 56-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: DEFEATED (43-Y 56-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/05/2013Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/05/2013Rereferred to Transportation
02/05/2013Left in Transportation


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 11 minutes.


Scoot Richmond, LLLC, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Pass. The increased number of mopeds and other unconventional vehicles on the road has skyrocketed over the past 5 years, and there need to be some regulations for both the safety of riders and other vehicles as well as accountability for those that drive unsafely or illegally.