Modes of Transportation – On a Moped or Scooter
Moped and Scooter Operators, Make Sure You Are Visible
For your own safety, when riding a moped or scooter, make sure you can be seen and signal your intentions. Wear a brightly coloured helmet and protective clothing. It is important to make sure you are visible on the road.
When operating a moped or scooter, make yourself visible!
Moped A 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. and scooter operators are less visible. The small size of their vehicle makes them hard to see for motorists. When riding your moped or scooter, do everything you can to be seen.
How can you make yourself more visible?
- Wear a brightly coloured helmet (white, yellow, orange) with contrasting patterns.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories with bright colours or reflective strips.
How can you make your moped or scooter more visible?
Preferably choose a light or brightly coloured moped or scooter.
In addition to the mandatory white headlight, add auxiliary lights to enlarge the visual outline of your moped or scooter as much as possible.
Auxiliary lights help other drivers:
- see the outline of the moped or scooter
- better evaluate the distance between you and them as well as the approach speed
How can you be more visible on the road?
- Communicate your intentions.
- Make eye contact with other drivers. Otherwise, assume they have not seen you.
- Avoid finding yourself in the blind spots of other vehicles. Pay attention to the blind spots created by the windshield pillars on either side of the front of the vehicle. If the driver’s face is hidden by a pillar, that means the driver can’t see you. All types of vehicles have blind spots created by windshield pillars, not just SUVs or heavy vehicles.
- Take advantage of the fact that you can use your high beam headlights during the daytime. This is especially important in cities, where visual information overload can be significant. You do not have to switch to your low beams unless you are less than 15 metres behind another vehicle.
Headlights, auxiliary lights and rear-view mirrors
To find out about the equipment required for mopeds and scooters, consult the What the Law Says section.