Multiple New S.C. Moped Laws Go into Effect Nov. 19
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:12AM
South Carolina is making some sweeping changes to Moped Laws beginning Nov. 19.
Here’s what you need to know about the changing laws as a moped owner:
- The state’s “motor vehicle” definition no longer excludes mopeds.
- Mopeds do not have motors exceeding 50cc or 750-1500 watts.
- Operators must possess a valid driver’s license/moped operator’s license (MOL) and registration at all times. A MOL is for those who 15-16 years old, who can only drive during daytime hours. If accompanied by a 21-year-old in viewing area, they can drive during the nighttime. A 16-year-old with a MOL can drive alone any time.
- Through registration, a proper “MOPED” plate will be provided. This must be displayed.
- Moped operators are required to drive in the farthest right lane, unless making a left turn.
- All moped operators under 21 years of age must wear helmets.
- It’s unlawful to drive mopeds more than 35 miles-per-hour.
- It’s unlawful to drive mopeds on roads with speed limits greater than 55 miles-per-hour.
- Headlights and operational lights required at all times.
- Mopeds are not required to be titled or insured, as long as this motor vehicle does not exceed specific definitions.

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