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Rules for using motorized scooters and skateboards

Motorized scooters and motorized skateboards cannot be operated on roads, or on sidewalks beside them, in B.C.

B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act defines these vehicle types as motor vehicles, but they do not meet provincial equipment safety standards for on-road use.

Motorized scooters and motorized skateboards may only be operated where the Motor Vehicle Act doesn't apply, such as

  • on private property that does not have public vehicle access, and
  • on trails or pathways (if allowed by municipal bylaw).

As an exception, these vehicles are allowed to be operated on designated parade routes. If using the vehicle for a parade, it must be insured with a minimum of $200,000 third party liability policy. This coverage is not provided by ICBC.

The Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) recognizes some motorized scooters and motorized skateboards as restricted motor vehicles. These are imported only for use in off-road environments.