Rules of the road. If you operate a moped, scooter or motorcycle, it’s critical to know that even though these vehicles may look alike, the power of their motors are different and so are the laws governing them. From parking to licenses, registration, tags, helmets and passengers, the The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety We are professionals in law enforcement, compliance and professional standards, environmental health and safety, and risk management working diligently—24 hours a day, 365 days a year—to protect the people and property of the University of South Carolina. Our values—human life, integrity, excellence and accountability—are your assurance of our commitment to provide a safe and secure environment. Helpful Resources View the online videos as les.sc.edu to help you better prepare for an active shooter incident. Our presentation, “Community Response to an Active Shooter” is available for your organization, classroom, or event. To schedule a presentation, contact Maj. Geary at 803.777.0507 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more. Find more crime prevention and safety resources online at les.sc.edu. Rave Guardian Safety App Download our free mobile app that turns your cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving us important information we need instantly. les.sc.edu/RaveSafetyApp rules for each vary. Read on to stay within the law and keep yourself and others safe from harm. Division of Law Enforcement and Safety 1415 Henderson Street (1600 Hampton Street Annex) Columbia, SC 29208 24 hour phone number: 803-777-4215 Emergency: 911 les.sc.edu University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety Mopeds, Scooters & Motorcycles Know the rules of the road. 25 MPH Know the facts Under South Carolina law, there is no State law prohibits mopeds scooter classification, only motorcycle from exceeding a speed of 25 and moped. miles per hour. A moped is not a motorcycle or a scooter Stay off the sidewalks and within the law Even though some manufacturers give mopeds and The safety of students, faculty and staff is important. scooters the same model name, they are not the It is unsafe and unlawful to operate a moped on any same. Under South Carolina law, there is no scooter sidewalk. Mopeds and motorcycles must all remain classification, only motorcycle and moped. Engine on the street. size determines which category the vehicle falls in. •State law prohibits mopeds from exceeding a •If the engine size is 50 CC or less, the vehicle is considered a moped. speed of 25 miles per hour. moped, unless the moped was designed for two •All vehicles that are considered scooters must be people. of whether or not they have a transmission with gears. Have the right license and vehicle tags License requirements for motorcycles are not the same as for a moped. The vehicle license plate •Any person under the age of twenty-one must •The operator of a moped must have the operating South Carolina. designated spaces in which they must park. •Parking on the sidewalk or securing your moped to •Moped drivers are subject to traffic laws governing other motor vehicles. •A moped driver must have his or her license in possession at all times when operating a moped. Engine 50cc or less +50cc Max Speed Allowed 25 mph Max posted limit Top Speed Capacity 30 mph* No limit Veh License Moped tag Motorcycle Operator License Class G,D,M** Class M Single or two No. of Passengers if moped was designed for Single + 1 two Liability Insurance No Yes Helmet Required Yes (1) Yes (1) a bicycle rack is never allowed. •Mopeds or motorcycles should never be brought inside any University building. •To operate a moped, you must have a class D, G, have a class M driver’s license. Motorcycle/ Scooter Parking your vehicle have a vehicle license tag from the South Carolina or M driver’s license, while motorcycle drivers must Moped operation on the public highways and streets of issued by moped dealers while motorcycles must have a validation sticker on the tag. Reference guide lights turned on at all times while the moped is in Please note that mopeds and motorcycles have •Moped tags must be made of reflective metal and wear a helmet on a moped and motorcycle. wear a helmet on a moped or motorcycle. requirements are different as well. Moped tags are Department of Motor Vehicles. Any person under the age of twenty-one must •It is illegal for more than one person to ride on a • Anything greater than 50 CC is a motorcycle. registered and insured as motorcycles, regardless 21 Register your vehicle University policy requires mopeds and motorcycles to be registered with Parking Services. Register online at www.sc.edu/vmps/ *This is the top max speed capability for the vehicle. If a moped has been altered to exceed a top speed of 30 MPH, then it should be classified as a motorcycle. **May be operated on any class of SC license. Class G license enables riders 14 years old to operate a moped. Operators may only be suspended from operating a moped for violations occurred while riding a moped. Class D operators who are under suspension for DUI may operate a moped during their suspension. Their driver's license must be reinstated by DMV at the end of their suspension period in order to continue to operate a moped. (1) Helmet law requires operators and passengers under age 21 to wear a helmet. Optional for those 21 or older.
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