Re: Oct. 12 letter from Ed Koziol, “License mopeds, golf carts for SC road revenue”
After reading the letter in The Sun News from Ed Koziol some valid points are made but personally I object strongly to a portion of that letter. Having owned many forms of transportation over the years and having many friends with like interests the moped rant is way off base.
That reference is “and those wanna-be Hells Angels on their mopeds have to have plates.” And yes I have owned mopeds in various states including New York, North Carolina, and most recently in South Carolina. For many folks their appeal is simple — they are affordable, dependable for the most part being newer or new for many, don’t require insurance, don’t require in many states license plates or registration, and are economical with their smaller 50cc motors with reduced speeds giving up to 100 mpg.
Having also owned a number of motorcycles as well I can say I have appreciated the lighter weight and ease of these smaller forms of transportation. Unfortunately, many Americans are working at a lot of minimum wage jobs, cannot afford a car to purchase or insure, or even may live in a highly populated area where it is difficult or costly to park a car or truck.
Let's face it, they have their purpose just like a bicycle and serve a valuable transportation alternative for many people in our society. To call the vast class of moped owners or users as “wanna-be Hell's Angels” is in my opinion an insult to many. Those many rental scooter outlets would point out I'm sure that many renters are simply tourists who would like an alternative form of transportation to travel the many splendid areas around Myrtle Beach side roads and beaches.
I don't think that the majority of moped owners would graduate to the class of large fire-breathing motorcycles that are attributed to clubs such as the Hell's Angels. But some will. Hey this is America the land of the free, isn't it?
And no, I don't own a moped at this time but who knows circumstances may change.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.