New law requires moped registration, safety checks

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 6, 2016 at 4:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Starting Jan. 1, moped owners in Hawaii will have to pay for annual vehicle registration and safety inspections, as well as for license plates.

The new requirements are part a new measure Gov. David Ige signed into law on Tuesday, and are aimed at making mopeds safer on the roadway.

Under the new law, moped owners will pay an annual $27 fee for registration, which is up from the $15 one-time fee.

Vehicle registration is handled by the counties, which are gearing up to implement the new laws.

Hawaii and Maui counties already require annual safety inspections for mopeds.

Supporters hope the annual safety inspections will help deter illegal modification of mopeds that makes them noisier.

The new law allows police to send moped drivers back for re-inspection if they suspect they've been illegally modified since their prior inspection. Police are also able to seize and even sell a moped if it is deemed unsafe for the road, or has no tags or inspection decal.

Those who don't register their moped or fail to inspect them could face a fine of up to $100 under the new law. Meanwhile, anyone caught using a fake tag, license plate or illegally removing one from a moped can be fined up to $500.

Moped owners, however, are not required to show proof of insurance in order to pass a safety inspection and receive a decal.

The law takes effect on New Year's Day "provided that the staggering of the registration and issuance of the license plates for the current permanent registered mopeds shall be completed by December 31, 2017."

To read the new moped law, click here.

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