Officials in Bay County are calling on lawmakers in Tallahassee to assist them with a growing problem, the under regulated scooter industry. Commissioner Mike Thomas says spring breakers are riding up and down the beach carelessly and something needs to be done.
"It's an amusement on a very busy highway and people aren't trained, they don't have motorcycle license and it's creating a problem for the people that are driving and law enforcement."
Thomas is suggesting that scooter and moped riders be required to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. The Division of Motor Vehicles only requires vehicles above 50cc to have such endorsement.
Thomas is asking the local legislative delegation to lobby for change. The downside is that shops like the Hangout by the Sea, could be devastated by the changes.
"We're going to be out of business, we invested a lot of money and I hope that I going to make more in the summertime. I hope they are not going to change anything because when you are in this business I am trying to make money like everybody," Arson Mosesyants said.
The owner noted there had not been any accidents this year and says when they do, it only happens during Spring Break.
At last Tuesday's commission meeting the board approved a motion to ask for legislative support.