Moped legislation died Wednesday when the state Senate adjourned without deciding whether to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of the bill.
The governor objected to the bill, saying it went too far in requiring moped riders to wear reflective vests at night and mandating riders younger than 21 wear helmets.
Rep. Todd Rutherford, R-Columbia, said he agrees with the governor that it is on over reach of government. “This is about people going to and from work. I know very few people who choose to ride a moped. Most people are forced to do so,” Rutherford said Wednesday.
House members voted 69-33 to override Haley’s veto, after they earlier in the day voted to sustain it.
The bill would have required moped drivers to recognize all driving laws and obtain a license and registration but no insurance.
Rutherford said the legislation was not about safety. “The dangerous people who ride mopeds are usually only dangerous to themselves.”