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REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - Some changes are on their way for moped drivers in Delaware. Gov. Jack Markell joined a handful of state lawmakers at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to sign House Bill 283 into law. 

The movement for this bill was lead by House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth), who heard concerns about this issue from various constituents. The change clarifies laws surrounding electric powered mopeds, which have grown in popularity in Delaware. 

"This bill modernizes the definition of a moped to include electric motor mopeds and combustible engines of less than 55 cc's," he said. "

Schwartzkopf said that many moped drivers lamented the fact that they needed a motorcycle license to ride a moped, due to a lack of a distinction. This bill separates the two, so that Moped drivers do not need a license. 

Rob Burton, a moped driver himself, was one of the constituents that brought the concern to Schwartzkopf in the first place. 

"The old Moped laws that were on the books were archaic," he said. "And were reflective of the mopeds that used to exist with the pedals and everything. Now we have mopeds that are more - what we see as scooters. And there are electric ones too. And the law didn't address any of those." 

Markell said that the changes could boost Moped usage in the area, which he said would be a good thing. 

"I think this bill just provides some clarity around the use of mopeds," he said. "I think a lot of people would like to see more Mopeds in the area because it will limit the congestion and traffic." 

The bill also got rid of the requirement for out-of-staters to register their Mopeds at the DMV in Delaware. Schwartzkopf said this was key, in getting these Mopeds off of the dangerous roads like Route 9.  

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