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North Carolina legislature wants insurance on moped owners as bike registration approaches

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Moped owners could have a new item on their to-do lists in 2016 after getting their small-engine bikes registered with the state starting next month.

The General Assembly gave its final approval Tuesday to legislation requiring mopeds have liability insurance starting in July 2016. The House approved the mandate in April. It now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for final review.

The registration requirement was approved last year and is supposed to start this July 1.

Supporters of additional moped owner requirements say regulators need to know more about the vehicles and ensure owners are held financially responsible for accidents. Insurance could range from $90 to almost $400 annually, depending on driving history.

The final Senate vote was 39-8. Some opponents are worried about the high costs upon moped riders.

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