Mopeds & Motor Scooters

Registration and Operation

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Motor Scooters are defined as motor vehicles and are subject to all regulations governing motor vehicle operation on the grounds of the University.

  • On-campus moped and motor scooter parking is allowed only in locations posted for that purpose.
  • University scooter permits are available at no charge and are required to park in University property.

Please use this form to register your vehicle and receive your no-charge motor scooter parking permit.

Motor scooter parking locations are identified on this map for your reference.

  • The operation or parking of motorized vehicles on sidewalks, lawns, and within landscaped areas of campus is prohibited.
  • Motor-scooters may therefore not be parked at bicycle racks or any location that requires the use sidewalks or landscaped areas to access them.
  • Motor-scooter must not be locked to handrails, street furnishings, trees, or public safety equipment.

 


 

Motor Bikes/Mopeds

A “bicycle with helper motor” (also known as a moped) includes all vehicles propelled by the person riding the same by foot, or by hand power, or a helper motor having a capacity of less than fifty cubic centimeters piston displacement and not rated more than two brake horsepower and capable of a maximum speed of no more than thirty miles per hour and equipped with automatic transmission. The bicycle with helper motor is prohibited from operation on sidewalks under Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-286.

Motorcycle

Motorcycle means a motor vehicle, with or without a side car, having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and a saddle or seat on which the rider sits or a platform on which the rider stands and includes bicycles having a motor attached, except bicycles propelled by means of a helper motor (moped) as defined in Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec 14-286, but does not include a vehicle having a completely or partially enclosed driver’s seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area.

Motor Scooters

Many motor scooters are motorcycles and would require a registration and motorcycle operator’s license to operate on the road. Some motor scooters fall under the definition of a “bicycle with helper motor” (moped) as found in Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-286. A “bicycle with a helper motor” would not be required to be registered; however, it would require that the operator have a valid driver’s license to operate on the road. The legal age to obtain a driver’s license in Connecticut is 16 years of age.

In order for any scooter to be operated on the street, it must have all the statutory equipment such as brakes, lights, horn and mirrors. Motorcycle class motor scooters are motor vehicles which are prohibited from operating on sidewalks under the provisions of Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-250a.

 

Parking Regulations for Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters

Motor bikes, mopeds, and scooters operated at any time on University grounds are required to display

a valid parking permit.  Parking areas have been designated throughout the Storrs Campus for Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Motor Scooters.

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Motor Scooters are prohibited from parking:

  • in areas designated for larger vehicles including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, construction vehicles, and buses
  • in or at bicycle racks or bicycle parking areas on University grounds
  • in loading zones, on sidewalks, disabled access aisles, driveways, lawns, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, or in areas used for special events
  • in breezeways, near railings, or any building locations in such a way to block residents from safely exiting a building
  • in handicap spots without displaying a handicap license plate or placard
  • in a manner secured to utility poles, trees, bollards, railings, signposts, meter posts, or fences

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters are Specifically Prohibited from Being Stored or Parked Inside Buildings   (Appendix 1/ D)

Because of the potential causation or creation of life safety hazards, motor bikes, mopeds, and scooters, cannot be stored or parked near:

  • Common areas inside residential or university buildings
  • Breezeways
  • Hallways
  • Student rooms
  • Entranceways
  • Building Overhangs
  • Immediately adjacent to campus buildings

 

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters locked in the following manners may be immobilized, moved, removed or impounded without notice at their owners’ risk and expense:

  • blocking safety or handicap / accessibility equipment
  • blocking any building entrance or exit
  • locked to handrails along stairways
  • parking in an area specifically posted to prohibit bicycle parking

Motor Bike, Moped and Scooter Parking Permits

Permits can be obtained from the Parking Services Office, and must be conspicuously affixed to the registered vehicle.

  • All motor bike, moped, and motor scooter operators are required to present a valid driver’s license to Parking Services.
  • Applicants must be the owner or operator of the vehicle or a member of the owner’s immediate family (i.e., spouse, parent, child, or sibling).
  • It is the responsibility of the registrant to keep up-to-date all pertinent information regarding parking and permit changes. This includes changes of address, ownership, new vehicles, and regulations.

Permits should be displayed on the front fender/fork of the vehicle.  A vehicle can only display one valid permit at any given time.

 Operating Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Motor Scooters

  • Motor Bikes/Mopeds/Motor Scooters with an engine capacity of 50c.c. or less; do not require DMV registration, while faster motor scooters and motorcycles do.All Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters are operated in accordance with Local, State, Federal and University of Connecticut Campus regulations (Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-286).
  • Motor Bike, Moped, and Scooter operators must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters may not be operated on any wheelchair ramp, sidewalk, service drive, bike path, off-road area, in buildings, or other restricted areas.
  • Passengers cannot ride on a vehicle registered as a motor bike, moped, or scooter on University property, unless the vehicle is designed with a second seat.
  • In order for any scooter to be operated on the street it must have the following statutorily required equipment such as:
  • brakes
  • lights
  • horn
  • mirrors
  • Motor Bike, Moped, and Scooter operators must follow all posted traffic signs and signals.
  • Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters cannot be operated in a bike lane.
  • Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters cannot operate on pedestrian and/or bikeways.

On the Storrs campus, these include:

  • Academic Way
  • Fairfield Way
  • Mansfield Pedestrian/Bikeway (previously the Busway)
  • Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters are not allowed inside, nor can they be parked, operated, fueled, charged, or stored inside any building, classroom, lab, office, or other structures located at the University of Connecticut. (Appendix1/D)
  • Moped/Scooter operators must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Improperly operated or non-permitted Motor Bikes, Mopeds, or Scooters may be cited by designated authorities

Impounding because of Abandonment, Regulatory Violations and Safety Hazards

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters will be considered a public safety hazard and may be removed and impounded by Parking Services without notice and at their owners’ risk and expense.

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters are impounded:

  • when blocking
    • any building entrance or exit
    • pedestrian pathways
    • safety or handicapped / accessibility equipment (includes blue emergency phone stations)
  • when locked
    • to stairway handrails, walkway ramps, or within pedestrian passageways
    • to trees, as this practice often kills them over time and destroys the surrounding landscape
    • to fencing, trash receptacles, and benches, which degrades their finish, leads to rusting, and reduces their usefulness
  • when interfering with Life Safety Zones such as
    • emergency zones
    • fire hydrants
    • fire lanes
    • in service driveways or to service equipment
    • in areas under cultivation
  • when parked in an area which is posted to prohibit Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooter parking
  • when abandoned or parked for an extended period in an apparently inoperable condition

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooter Impoundment Process

Motor Bikes, Mopeds, and Scooters (henceforth “Scooters”) parked in violation of the above-mentioned University policies may be impounded. All impounded scooters will be stored with a Parking Services facility until it is claimed by its owner or disposed of by the University.  Parking Services is authorized to enforce its policies on all University-owned property.

The following guidelines will be followed when UConn impounds a scooter.
  1. Scooters that are in violation of the above regulations and present a public safety hazard as defined by Parking Services will be tagged and removed immediately.
  1. Scooters that are deemed abandoned will be tagged and removed after seventy-two (72) hours. The Removal Notice shall contain the following information: the date the scooter was tagged, its location, the nature of the violation, and the date the scooter will be removed by Parking Services. Scooters are considered abandoned when they are locked to University property in an apparently inoperable or dilapidated condition where they have remained for more than two weeks.
  1. If registered, Parking Services will attempt to contact the owner of the scooter to confirm it is abandoned.
  1. If the owner of a registered scooter cannot be contacted or if that owner fails to remove the scooter by the specified date, Parking Services staff will remove the scooters.
  1. Parking Services staff will take the following actions while impounding a scooter:
  • take pictures of the scooter to document its condition prior to its relocation
  • if a lock was used to secure the vehicle at the time of the impound that lock will be transported to the impound area along with the vehicle
  • produce a written record of
    • the time/date/location of the vehicle at the time it was impounded
    • the time/date the vehicle was first tagged and when the impoundment occurred
    • the make/model/color and serial number of the scooter
    • distinguishing marks that may help in the identification of the scooter’s owner
  1. All scooters removed by Parking Services will be moved to the University’s scooter impound area, where they will be kept for up forty-five (45) days.
  1. Forty-five (45) days after impound, the scooter becomes UConn property and may be disposed of by the University.
  1. Parking Services will regularly inform the UConn community of the number of scooters it impounds, donates, and recycles via its website.

How to Claim an Impounded Scooter

When scooters are removed, they are placed in a secure Parking Services’ impound facility. Please follow these procedures to claim an impounded scooter:

Send an email to Parking Services and include the following information:

  • the last known date and location of the scooter
  • a description containing the make, model, primary color, identifying marks or equipment (i.e., decals, lights, racks, etc.)
  • permit number (if registered with UConn Parking Services)
  • your telephone number(s)

Parking Services staff will respond to your email to let you know if your scooter is in our impound inventory and, if so, schedule a time for its retrieval.

The owner will be asked to bring the following items to confirm their ownership of an impounded scooter:

  • One Card (or state-issued picture ID / passport, if not affiliated with the University).
  • Key or combination to the lock used to secure the scooter when it was impounded.