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Low-powered vehicles

Do you own a moped, electric bike, or other low-powered vehicle? Find out how to ride safely and legally.

Rules for using low-powered vehicles

It's important to know which type of low-powered vehicle you're riding. One might look much like another, but each has different operating rules.

Electric bikes
Electric bikes
  • Rider must be 16 or older and wear a bicycle helmet
  • Driver's licence and insurance not required

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Mopeds and scooters
Mopeds or limited-speed motorcycles
  • Must be registered, licensed and insured for road use
  • Driver's licence required (any class)
  • You must wear a helmet

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Pocket bikes & mini motorcycles
Pocket bikes or mini motorcycles
  • Cannot be operated on roads in B.C.

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Segway™ human transporters
Segway™ human transporter
  • Cannot be operated on roads in B.C.

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Motorized scooters & skateboards
Motorized scooters and skateboards
  • Cannot be operated on roads in B.C.

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Motorized wheelchairs
Motorized wheelchairs
  • Driver's licence and insurance not required
  • Can be used on sidewalks or roads, following the same rules as pedestrians

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