New Scooter Regulations in Indiana.
Effective January 1, 2015, Indiana has adopted new regulations covering motor scooters. License plates will be required on all scooters. In addition, scooters with engines of 50 cubic centimeters or less will also need to pass a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) test involving road signals and signs. Scooters above the 50 cubic centimeters will need to follow all motorcycle requirements, that is, hold a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement or valid motorcycle learner’s permit. Currently the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has no idea how many scooters are on the roadway. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) released an online video discussing documents needed to obtain the scooter license and the types of licenses needed. Currently the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has no record of all the scooters on the roadway. Some argue that the new legislation merely allows individuals who have lost their license due to drunk driving to travel on the roadway without a license and insuring their scooter. Others argue that the law is to help individuals to get to work who have lost their license due to drunk driving. It is not known how the individual police agencies will enforce the new law. Registration for the scooters will cost $26.35 each with a $10 excise tax.