Here is everything you need to know to drive a scooter safely and in compliance with the law.
A scooter is…
Also known as a mopedA 2- or 3-wheel passenger vehicle equipped with an electric motor or a gasoline-powered engine with a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cc and an automatic transmission.. A scooter's basic features are:
a gasoline-powered motor with a maximum cylinder capacity of 50 cc or an electric motor
a maximum speed of 70 km/h
an automatic transmission
a chassis with 2 or 3 wheels
Scooter or motorcycle?
What we call a scooter has a motor of no more than 50 cc (if it is gasoline powered). To drive one, you only need a Class 6D licence.
If the vehicle has an engine larger than 50 cc – or a maximum speed higher than 70 km/h or a manual transmission – it is not considered a scooter. In such cases, it automatically falls into the “motorcycle” category. To drive a motorcycle, you are required to hold a motorcycle driver's licence bearing Class 6A, 6B or 6C depending on the motor's cylinder capacity.
A scooter cannot be converted into a motorcycle.
To be allowed to drive a scooter, you must
be at least 14 years of age
hold a Class 6D licence
If you already hold a valid passenger vehicle (Class 5) or motorcycle (Class 6A, 6B or 6C) driver's licence or probationary licence, you are authorized to drive a scooter.
If you are under age 18, you will need parental consent to obtain the licence.
To obtain a Class 6D driver's licence, you must:
have passed the Road Safety Education Program – Operating a Moped or Motorized Scooter driving course