3-Wheeled Vehicles Now OK on Ohio Streets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Three-wheeled vehicles are now street legal in Ohio.

A new law that took effect Tuesday allows fuel-efficient three-wheelers such as the Zap Xebra (ZEE'-bruh) and the Myers Motors NmG to be registered and titled as motorcycles in Ohio.

Ohio Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lindsey Bohrer says there's been increased interest in the vehicles because challenging economic times have people looking for ways to save on gas.

Unlike motorcycles, the three-wheelers have an enclosed cockpit and can seat up to four. But the law requires drivers to wear a helmet for the first year and pass a motorcycle skills test.

Gas-powered three-wheeled vehicles get roughly 45 miles per gallon. Electric versions can run for about 30 miles on a single charge.