The only protection moped and scooter operators can count on is their protective gear and helmets. In the event of an accident or a fall, they help avoid injuries or reduce their severity.
In addition to the mandatory helmet, the driver and passenger of a moped or scooterA 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. should wear a jacket, pants, gloves and footwear specially designed for riding a motorcycle.
The passenger must be as well protected as the driver.
Under the Protective Helmets Regulation, every person riding on a moped or scooter must wear a protective helmet that complies with one of the following manufacturing standards:
Important: Businesses specialized in helmet sales or rentals must supply helmets that comply with current manufacturing standards.
If a peace officer asks to examine your helmet, you must comply with the request.
Helmets must be equipped with visors. If the helmet does not have a visor, the driver must wear protective goggles.
Furthermore, your helmet should:
Full-face helmets offer the best protection. If your visor is clear, we highly recommend that you wear sunglasses on sunny days.
Never buy a used helmet!
Even if your helmet is recent, it might have sustained an impact and be damaged. The damage may not be visible.
Drivers must wear eye protection. If the helmet does not have a visor, the driver must wear protective goggles. This requirement applies when the driver is travelling in a zone where the maximum speed limit is over 50 km/h.
For adequate protection, the visor or protective goggles must be:
While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that passengers wear eye protection as well.
For maximum protection, your jacket and pants should, among other things:
Your gloves should:
Watch out for synthetic materials!
Avoid pieces of clothing with a liner made of synthetic materials, because they can burn the skin in a fall. Jeans should also be avoided.
In addition to covering your ankles, your boots should preferably: