Top tax official requests supervisors spare scooters

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

Moped drivers in Hanover County may have the chance to save some money.

Even though the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring all mopeds get registered starting July 1, which makes mopeds taxable. Hanover County’s Commissioner of Revenue is proposing the county forego levies on mopeds.

Under current Hanover laws, the scooter-like vehicles are not taxed. T. Scott Harris, the commissioner of revenue, recommends that mopeds be included with “household goods” in county law, because “it seemed like the practical route.”  Under that designation, the two-wheeled vehicles would not be taxed.

Since July 1, five mopeds were registered in Hanover. However, the total number of drivers in the county is unknown because mopeds did not have to be registered prior to that date.

The Board of Supervisors granted the county Sept. 25 the opportunity to hold a public hearing on whether mopeds should be taxed or not.

Under state law, motorized vehicles operating at 25mph or less are not included in the registration mandate. Mopeds cannot go over 35 mph without being considered a motorcycle.

The public will get to weigh in on the matter during a public hearing Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

After the public gives their input, the fate of moped riders will be in the hands of the Board.

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