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Legislators advancing tighter Indiana scooter rules

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The chairman of the Indiana Senate's transportation committee said he believes a proposal to tighten regulations on motorized scooters could gain legislative approval.

Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said he expects to take up the bill the House approved this week that would require scooters to have license plates and their drivers pass a road-sign test.

The bill doesn't include a requirement that scooter drivers have insurance. Wyss has supported an insurance requirement, but told the Evansville Courier & Press that he believes the proposal's restrictions lessen his concerns.

Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum said the proposal is a good step, as the department has seen scooters used in drug-dealing and drive-by shootings. Scooter accidents rose to 90 in the city in 2012, up from fewer than 10 in 2008. Authorities also say the vehicles are growing popular with those who have suspended driver's licenses.

Scooter dealers estimate there about 50,000 scooters in use across the state.

 

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  • How about dedicaded slow speed lanes
    Driving through town at 5PM is lucky to get 20mph average speed. How about lanes dedicated for slower vehicles, so that they can still keep that 20mph average speed without having to worry about people wanting to do 60 in a 45?
  • Bicycles too
    I wish that if you were to ride in the public street bike lanes you would have to pass road sign test as well. The mayor did not put enough thought into this before he crapped it on us taxpayers. Might be fine in the more educated are where he and his friends ride, but us city folks and southsiders struggle with the level of smarts the bicyclist have in our areas.
  • Really
    Is this really the most important thing to talk about? Indiana is one of the most non walking friendly states as it is and now you will make people get licenses for scooters. Might as well include BMX bikes, mountain bikes, strollers, and golf carts in that case.
  • beep beep
    That sounds like a good compromise between regulating scooters for the sake of public safety and leaving access easy so those without cars can get where they need to be. It wasn't mentioned in the article, but scooter drivers should be required to carry a state issued photo ID. Requiring a driver's license and insurance is too much considering that they wouldn't be on a scooter in the first place if they had those things.

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