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DOT Scoots to Help Drivers Save Gas

August 24, 2007

NEWINGTON, CT — Higher gasoline prices have driven so many Connecticut residents to use motorized scooters that get 100 miles per gallon that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) is following suit, according to the Connecticut Post.

The agency is buying the scooters in order to provide more training to people who want to learn to ride.

Kevin Nursick, a DOT spokesman, said the department owns a small fleet of motorcycles to allow state residents a chance to learn to ride and it wants to do the same thing for moped riders. Next month the agency opens bids from scooter sellers to create a new training fleet.

The high price of gas, which has been above $3 a gallon for most of the summer, has driven more people to buy mopeds that can get sometimes more than 100 miles per gallon. The vehicles are also relatively cheap and can range in price from less than $900 to more than $3,000. Some mopeds require a motorcycle license and some do not. It depends on the engine size.

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