RICHMOND (AP) -- Owners of electric-powered mopeds could be hit with a $100 annual registration fee as a result of legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the fee is an unintended consequence of the sweeping transportation funding bill and a separate measure regulating mopeds.
The road funding measure includes a $100 registration surcharge on alternative vehicles such as hybrids. And because mopeds would be classified as state-registered vehicles, those with electric motors would be subject to the fee. That means owners of electric scooters that retail in some places for $800 to $900 would pay more than one-tenth of the purchase price in annual fees.
Republican Sen. Steve Newman of Lynchburg has asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to amend his moped bill to fix the problem.
Another aspect of the law is that scooters will now have to be registered or owners will have to pay property tax.
The owner of a scooter shop in Norfolk told 13News on Friday that he believes the move to make all owners register their scooters is because they're high theft items and this will give police a way to track them.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com