Mopeds are a fun way to get around in Nevada, but there are laws that govern their use. Those who already own a moped or are planning on purchasing one should be aware of the following.
The definition of a moped, according to Nevada law (NRS 482.069), is a scooter that looks and handles like a bicycle and is propelled by a small engine.
If your moped meets these criteria, you are required to follow Nevada’s specific moped laws.
Yes, since January 1, 2017, the state of Nevada requires you to register your moped. Without proof of registration, you are not legally permitted to ride on public highways. Unlike motor vehicles and motorcycles, you must only register a moped once, and the fee is $33. Mopeds also require an inspection to make sure they meet the definition of a moped. This inspection can be done at a DMV office or the Sheriff’s office if your county does not have a DMV facility.
To operate a moped on Nevada roadways, you do not need a motorcycle license, but you need a driver’s license (any class). This means teens without a license, and those with only an instruction permit cannot legally ride a moped. Therefore, the minimum age to operate a moped is 15, provided the rider has obtained a driving license.
There are currently no laws in place in Nevada that require moped riders to purchase liability insurance.
Moped riders must follow regular traffic laws that apply to any other motor vehicle on public highways but are also required by law to remain in the far right-hand lane. The only exceptions are if it is a single-lane highway if they are turning left, if riding in the right-hand lane is not safe, or when directed by law enforcement.
Moped drivers are required to have:
As of October 1, 2019, moped riders are required by law to wear a helmet. Moped helmets must:
Drivers must wear goggles, glasses, or a face shield if their moped does not have a transparent windscreen.
To pass a state-required safety inspection, mopeds in Nevada must have:
If you or someone you love has been involved in a moped accident, contact Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers. We can discuss your legal options in a free consultation, message us online or call (702) 384-1414 today. Our Las Vegas accident lawyers can help recover the compensation you deserve.
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