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Moped laws 12-16-08
Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Kelly Kaaumoana-Matsumoto
December 16, 2008
A moped may have two or three wheels, may carry only one person, must produce a maximum of two horsepower, must have a top speed on a straight level surface of no more than 30 miles per hour and must have an automatic transmission.
A motor scooter is any motorcycle (except a moped) that produces no more than five horsepower. Motorcycle laws apply to motor scooters.
Police ask motorists to be especially aware of mopeds on the road in holiday traffic and to exercise caution around them. Motorists are advised to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 to report anyone who is creating a hazard on a moped. To raise awareness about the dangers of operating mopeds unsafely, officers plan to increase enforcement of moped traffic laws.
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