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Mopeds and scooters

Mopeds or limited-speed motorcycles

Mopeds and street-legal scooters are limited-speed motorcycles (LSMs).

Rules for using limited-speed motorcycles

LSM's must be registered, licensed and insured for road use.

You can ride one if you have a full-privilege Class 5 or 7 passenger vehicle licence. A motorcycle licence is not required but you must always wear a helmet.

You're also subject to the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle.

Where can I ride?

Road or highway use may be restricted, depending on the speed of your limited-speed motorcycle. For more information, please contact your local police.

Different rules for electric bikes

Limited-speed motorcycles look a lot like some electric bikes (also known as motor-assisted cycles). However, their operating rules aren't the same.


    • Has no more than a 50 cubic cm engine displacement or 1.5 kilowatt motor rating
    • Does not need clutching or shifting after the drive system is engaged
    • Has a maximum speed on level ground of 70 km/h and weighs no more than 95 kilograms, excluding fuel and batteries
    • Must have wheels that are 25.4 cm in diameter or more