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Scooters on the rise in Cape Girardeau

According to Missouri law, the only thing needed to operate a scooter under 50 CC is a Missouri license. No helmet or insurance is needed. According to Missouri law, the only thing needed to operate a scooter under 50 CC is a Missouri license. No helmet or insurance is needed.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Scooters are now on many Southeast Missouri State University students back-to-school lists.

Todd Rapp is owner of Campus Scooter. Over the past three years, his small business continues to grow. His first year, Rapp sold 100 scooters. In year two, he sold about 300 scooters. This year, he's already sold more 500 and can't keep any in stock right now.

"We sold everything single bike that ran out of our store," Rapp said

But, why the scooter rush?

"I filled up today," Nathan Geile said. "It cost me $3.25 to fill up."

"This one, I get close to between 80 and 100 miles to the gallon," Max Nutt said.

According to Missouri law, the only thing needed to operate a scooter under 50 CC is a Missouri license. No helmet or insurance is needed.

Cathy Fowler is an insurance agent in town. She says there is a common misconception that scooter insurance is expensive.

"For just liability, you are probably talking anywhere from a $100 to $150 a year," Fowler said.

But many like Nutt don't have it because it's not required by the law.

"No, I don't have any insurance at all because if it's under 50 CC you don't have to it," Nutt said.

Rapp says it's not required but he recommends helmets.

"Highly suggest a helmet, but I would say less than 10% of our customers actually buy a helmet with them," Rapp said.

With about 1,000 scooters sold in the cape area, Rapp says he does his best to encourage these safety measures even though they are not required by Missouri law.

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