When operating a motor scooter or moped, the rider must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practical and safe except when:
- Making a left turn.
- Operating on a one-way street.
- Passing a stopped or slower moving vehicle.
- Avoiding pedestrians or road hazards.
- The right lane is a right turn only lane.
- Operating in a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle or motor scooter and another vehicle to travel safely side by side.
Operators of motor scooters or mopeds must wear a DOT compliant motorcycle helmet and approved eye protection.
Motor scooter or moped operators may ride side by side only if the flow of traffic is unimpeded and must exercise due care when passing a vehicle.
A passenger cannot be carried on a motor scooter or moped unless the motor scooter or moped is equipped to carry a passenger.
The use of headsets covering both ears, or earplugs are prohibited except in certain circumstances.
A person may not operate a motor scooter or moped on a roadway where the posted maximum speed limit is more than 50 miles per hour, or on an expressway or other controlled access highway. If the roadway has a bike lane paved to a smooth surface or a paved shoulder, a person operating a motor scooter or moped must use the bike lane or shoulder and may not ride on the roadway except for a situation identified above as (1 through 6).
A motor scooter or moped may not be operated at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour.
It is unlawful to operate a 3-wheeled motor scooter or moped in any jurisdiction other than Ocean City.
Operators of motor scooters or mopeds should check their local jurisdictions for any laws that may affect the operation of a motor scooter.
Prior to the sale of the vehicle, any dealer or agent or employee of a dealer, salesman, or other person who sells the motor scooter or moped must inform the buyer of the operating restrictions.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions go to Mopeds and Motor Scooters.