The Henrico County Division
M o pe d s an d
of Police is concerned for the
M o to ri ze d
safety of all its citizens. S c oo te r s
Mopeds, motorized scooters,
and similar equipment are
methods that are treated
legally the same as other
A State and Nationally Accredited
vehicles on the roadways. Law Enforcement Agency
These vehicles also have age
and equipment restrictions. Division of Police
P. O. Box 27032
Richmond, Virginia 23273-7032 Henrico County
Our hope is that this brochure Division Of Police
(804) 501-5000 P.O. Box 27032, Richmond,
will help educate you on the Virginia 23273-7032
legal issues involved in own- Colonel H. W. Stanley, Jr.
Chief of Police Tel: 804-501-5000
ership and operation of these
Proud of our progress;
Excited about our future.
The County of Henrico does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
CO/SSU/LAM BERT—Spring 2004
Legal Required Age
Issues Safety Limitations
Equipment Va. Code 46.2-914 states
Va. Code 46.2-100 defines a Sec. 22-321. Safety equipment.
moped as: No moped shall be driven on any
(a) Required equipment. Every per-
highway or public vehicular area (i)
"Moped" means a conveyance son operating a moped, as defined
faster than thirty miles per hour or
that is either (i) a bicycle-like in Code of Virginia, § 46.2-100, as (ii) by any person under the age of
device with pedals and a helper amended, on a public street or sixteen.
motor that is rated at no more highway shall wear a face shield,
than two brake horsepower and safety glasses or goggles of a type
that produces speeds up to a approved by the superintendent of Summary
maximum of 30 miles per hour state police, or have his moped
or (ii) a motorcycle with an en- equipped with safety glass or a In order to legally operate a
gine displacement of 50 cubic windshield at all times while oper-
moped, you must:
centimeters or less and a maxi- ating such vehicle. Operators and • Be at least 16 years old.
mum speed of less than 30 passengers thereon, if any, shall
• Wear a helmet.
miles per hour. For purposes of wear protective helmets of a type
Chapter 8 (§ 46.2-800 et seq.) approved by the superintendent.
• Wear a face shield, gog-
gles, or have a windshield.
of this title, a moped shall be a
vehicle while operated on a State law references: Authority, Code • Obey all traffic laws while
of Virginia, § 46.2-915.2.
on the roadway.