Connecticut Allows Scooters for Motorcycle Tests

An article published in the Waterbury American Republican, a newspaper based in Connecticut, points out that the state's Department of M...

An article published in the Waterbury American Republican, a newspaper based in Connecticut, points out that the state's Department of Motor Vehicles actually allows people to use a scooter when performing the motorcycle endorsement test.
The DMV already allows scooters to be used for its road test, a fact that doesn't seem to be widely known. If it were, I suspect more impatient "newbies" would try to beat the system by showing up to take the road test on easier-to-ride scooters.
Here's a link to their article...
http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2008/04/18/lifestyle/334366.txt

In response, the Department of Transporation, which administers a Basic Rider Course, an alternative to the DMV's endorsement test, will be offering a scooter riding course. Somehow, the DOT is trying to send a message to the DMV.

As it stands now, Connecticut does not have a special endorsement for scooter riders. It sounds like all they need is the standard drivers license. So, if you want a motorcycle endorsement, just bring in a little Honda Metropolitan, whizz through the cones, and get yourself a Class M endorsement.

On the flip side, scooters these days are nothing to laugh at. The Gilera GP800 has an 850cc engine in it, the same engine used by the Aprilia Mana, a motorcycle, and capable of hitting 120mph. I'm not sure why scooters should be treated differently than motorcycles.

The manifestation of all this, are people killing themselves on two-wheeled vehicles. Often times it's because they're drunk or high, trying to do something foolish, or getting hit by somebody else. Aside from those three things, most riders do just fine.

Me thinks that using a scooter to obtain a motorcycle endorsement is probably ok; it just sounds shocking. But I think scooter riding should require a motorcycle endorsement.

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