Effective January 1st, 2015, new guidelines went in to effect for scooter riders. As ABATE members, you may already be aware of the changes and have taken the necessary steps to be compliant. If you have not, let this serve as a reminder! Many riders garage their scooters during the winter months and may not have ventured to the license branch yet. There is a 30 day grace period to register, apply for license plate and apply for any necessary driving credentials.
Scooters and mopeds are now referred to as MDCs, or “motor driven cycles.” They are classified as MDC-A or MDC-B based on the engine. A motor vehicle with an engine that produces no more than 5-brake horsepower is considered MDC-A. A motor vehicle with an engine displacement that does not exceed 50ccs is classified as MDC-B. If you do not know the engine size, it is displayed on the engine or it is also in your vehicle identification number. You will need this information when you go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Be sure to bring along proof of ownership for class A and class B vehicles. Class A requires proof of insurance; class B does not. Your general homeowner insurance will cover neither MDC-A nor MDC-B vehicles. Property coverage, as well as liability, for these types of vehicle, to be covered under a separate policy.
A driver holding a valid Indiana driver license with an unrestricted motorcycle endorsement, can operate all classes of MDCs. MDC-A drivers must hold a valid Indiana driver license with a motorcycle A restriction or valid Indiana motorcycle learner permit. MDC-B requires that a driver be at least 15 years old, have an unexpired Indiana Identification Card with MDC-B endorsement or any valid driving credential. New this year, Class B drivers will need to pass a road sign test. If your license is suspended or revoked, you will need to obtain a valid Indiana Identification card with MDC-B endorsement to drive a class B scooter.
Class A license plates are white with blue lettering, and Class B plates are white with red lettering. Many MDCs look alike and are difficult to differentiate. Hopefully, registering scooters and mopeds will make it easier to track them when they are lost or stolen. The statistics on stolen MDCs are staggering.
Class A cycles may have passengers if they do not obstruct the driver’s view and ride in the proper passenger seat. Class B cycles mat NOT carry passengers. The speed at which class B cycles may be driven, has been increased from 30 m.p.h. to 35 m.p.h.
The Indiana BMV has a customer service call center should you have questions regarding the new changes. That telephone number is (888) 692-6841.
Stay safe and warm this winter!
– Cynthia Bir