Scooterist in Vermont
Vermont DMV classifies a scooter as a "Moped" if the engine
displacement is 49cc or smaller, and a "Motorcycle" if
it is larger. What that means to the new scooterist in Vermont is
Laws: If your scooter is 49cc or less, you do not need a
motorcycle endorsement on your license to operate a scooter, though
you will need a standard Class D car operators' license. You will
need to insure it, and you will need it inspected on a yearly basis.
A helmet is not required while operating your scooter, and you can
park it on the sidewalk at any bicycle rack.
Note There have recently been some conflicts with the VT DMV
as to whether or not a 50cc scooter is in fact classified as a "moped."
Read the VT "Moped" Definition
section to learn more.
Laws: If your scooter is above 50cc, you will need a motorcycle
endorsement on your standard Class D operators' license. You will
need to insure your scooter and have it inspected on a yearly basis.
You are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet, and must park your
scooter anywhere a car and/or motorcycle can be parked.
to our Scooter Buying 101 article if you are not yet a scooterist
and are trying to decide whether to buy a "moped" scooter
or a "motorcycle" scooter.
you need to insure your scooter, many of the larger insurance companies
will offer policies which cover both larger and smaller scooters.
Defintely shop around for rates, as they vary a lot more than you
strongest suggestion is to contact Fernet
Motorcycle Insurance Brokers at (800)391-8144, and ask to speak
with Phyllis. She is great with finding the best policies, especially
if you ride a vintage scooter (where your options are drastically
slimmer, as not all insurance brokers carry a vintage vehicle program).
Thanks to Phyllis I have awesome rates on both my bikes.
your scooter is above 50cc, you will need a motorcycle endorsement
on your license in order to ride. The easiest and smartest way to
accomplish this is to enroll in the Vermont Rider Education Program
rider safety course. This is a very popular class, sign up as
soon as you can - the waiting list can be more than 2 months long!
class is only a weekend long, there is a short classroom-based class
on the friday, riding all day on saturday, and final testing on
sunday. Upon completion of the course you will automatically receive
your motorcycle endorsement, AND, you will receive a 10% discount
on your motorcycle insurance for the rest of your natural-born life.
don't need to bring your own bike - they provide the motorcycles
there, as well as helmets if you need one. The class is early in
the morning but it's a lot of fun, and you'll meet some great people
and learn some gotta-have motorcycling skills that you probably
wouldn't have learned otherwise (the drills on effective cornering
and braking alone make this class worth the hundred dollars!).
Article by Kevin Montanaro