Moped vs Scooter: What's the difference?

photo by flickr member Moyan Brenn

They're all around town backing up traffic and making the roads less safe with tourists joy-riding on Business 17.  What is the difference between mopeds and scooters in the eyes of the State Highway Patrol?

The more powerful of the two is the scooter and a motorcycle license is required, but anyone over the age of 14 can putt around the roads on a moped. 

"...riders of the more powerful scooters must have motorcycle licenses and their vehicles must be insured, two requirements that riders of the less powerful mopeds don't need..."

As disruptive to traffic and annoying as these things are, at least they aren't golf carts! Hop on over to Carolina Live for the full write-up and watch their report below. 

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