Mopeds and scooters
Most mopeds and street-legal scooters, if under a certain size, are classified as limited-speed motorcycles (LSMs). If they exceed or do not comply with the definition as listed below, you will likely require a motorcycle licence to operate them.
Limited-speed motorcycle definition
- Has a motor equipped with a piston displacement of not more than 50 cc, or a power source that produces a maximum of 1.5 kW
- Does not require clutching or shifting after the drive system is engaged
- Has a maximum speed on level ground of 70 km/h
- Has a maximum weight of 95 kilograms, exluding fuel and batteries
- Must have wheels with a diameter of 254 mm or more
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 (except learner's 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.