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Lawmakers, business owners react to death of moped bill

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The SC state legislature failed to pass a measure that would place tighter restrictions on mopeds (FOX Carolina) The SC state legislature failed to pass a measure that would place tighter restrictions on mopeds (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The bill asking legislators to require registration and other regulations on mopeds was a tough sell for many business owners which sell the vehicles. 

"Most of our business that we get are people who don't have a license ... That's gonna stop almost 75 percent of our business," said Tim Scrivano, manager of Papa Wheelie in Greenville back in March. 

Apparently, the bill was a tough sell for Governor Nikki Haley as well, who vetoed the measure. In a statement, Haley said: 

"I believe that adults over the age of 18 - who are allowed to vote and serve our military - should decide for themselves what they should wear for their personal safety ... Mandating that adults must wear helmets or safety vests is government overreach."

But Mac Miles, owner of Miles Motor Company in Spartanburg, disagrees with the governor and supports more regulation on his bikes. 

"I couldn't see [the bill] hurting my business," said Miles. "I could see it getting some folks off the road that shouldn't be on it."

Rep. Neal Collins (R-Pickens) sponsored the moped bill. Earlier this week, the House overrode Haley's veto, but the legislature failed to vote on the measure Wednesday, essentially killing it. 

"I thought requiring a reflective vest for mopeds was not an undue burden," Collins told FOX Carolina over the phone Thursday. 

However, the bill would have also required riders to register their mopeds and get them insured so taxpayers wouldn't have to foot the bill in case of accidents. Many saw that a burden on moped drivers, many of whom are operating on low-income. 

But for some, failure to beef up regulations on mopeds is a tough pill to swallow. Derek Lyles says his friend and neighbor Keith Harrelson was killed on a moped in February. 

"There's got to be a law, some type of way," said Lyles. "Because people are getting killed constantly."

The South Carolina Office of Highway Safety said moped deaths jumped 57 percent last year - 35 in 2014 to 55 in 2015. 

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