SOUTH BEND Moped drivers who live in South Bend will soon have to register their mopeds with the city.
The Common Council voted Monday night in favor of amending a current ordinance to include new regulations for the vehicles.
Under the new measure, moped drivers must register with the police department every year. The first time, it will cost $20, but only $15 each year after that.
Council members say the amendment will improve public safety.
“There is a crime aspect,” Councilman Tim Scott says. “People can use mopeds for bad things out there, but it's really for the safety and registration. We can match up mopeds to the proper owners so they have their mopeds and security.”
Councilman Oliver Davis adds, “We will be able to identify who is riding, and it can help those who are riding because if their mopeds get stolen, we have a better chance of returning them.”
Those who don't register their mopeds will be subject to fines. The first violation carries a penalty of $50; each additional fine will cost $100.
The ordinance goes into effect later this year.