The Ocean City Police Department in a joint effort with the Maryland State Police, Berlin Barrack are advising all Ocean City businesses and citizens that beginning October 1, 2012, the State of Maryland will be changing to laws governing vehicles classified as a motor scooter and/or moped. These new laws will directly impact ALL Ocean City scooter rental and retail sale operators as well as privately citizens who own and operate these types of vehicles.
To better help both rental and private owners and operators understand the upcoming changes the following information is being provided to you:
A moped is a bicycle that meets the following requirements:
Is designed to be propelled by human power with some assistance from a motor;
Is equipped with pedals that mechanically drive the rear wheel or wheels;
Has two or three wheels, of which are more than 14 inches in diameter; and
Has a motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less, and, if the motor is an internal combustion engine, a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement or less.
Mopeds are also not allowed to be operated at a speed greater than 30 MPH on public roads.