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City Council Debates, Passes New Scooter Ordinance

Riders must be properly licensed and insured and have proper helmet, but will be limited on roadways with speed limits of 30 mph or less.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After more than 45 minutes of discussion and debate, the St. Joseph City Council passed an ordinance allowing scooters and mopeds on city streets.

The new ordinance applies to motorized bikes that travel less than 30 mph. It says that the operator must have a valid driver's license, be properly insured and wear an approved helmet. The motorbike must also be equipped with proper lighting and turn signals.

However, as passed, the mopeds and scooters will only be allowed on roadways with speed limits of 30 mph or less.

"It creates a significant traffic risk if we start letting them operate on roadways of higher speed," said Sgt. Richard Ketchum with the St. Joseph Police Department. "I don't think anyone would want to get behind a scooter doing 24 miles an hour on Riverside where the speed limit is 50 mph."

The new ordinance passed council unanimously, but council members said they want to review the 30 mph limit maximum.

They say limiting the mopeds and scooters to roads with lower speed limits prevents transportation around much of town by those riding the vehicles.
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