Who can Ride an Electric Motorcycle or Scooter on the Road?

Can you Ride?

The EV2000R & Horwin EK1 scooters are restricted to 30mph, so the law treats them as a 50cc petrol scooter.

Whereas the Artisan EV0, EVC, ES1-Pro, Horwin EK3, CR6 & CR6-Pro are categorised as A1, so the law treats them as 125cc petrol equivalent motorcycles.

Licence Requirements are:

50cc Petrol Equivalent Requirements:

  • A rider aged 16 and over with a provisional moped licence and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • Anyone with a full car licence issued after Feb 1st 2001 and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • Anyone with a full car licence issued before Feb 1st 2001 OR
  • Anyone with any class of full motorcycle or moped driving licence

125cc Petrol Equivalent Requirements:

  • A rider aged 17 and over with a provisional licence and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • Anyone with a full car licence issued after Feb 1st 2001 and a CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) OR
  • A rider with an “A1” or “A2” or “A” motorcycle licence

Other Requirements:

  • Riders must wear a helmet and the scooter needs to be registered, display a number plate and (once it’s three years old) an MOT.
  • Compulsory insurance
  • We’d also recommend cool looking protective clothing and gloves!

Passengers?

  • For the 50cc rider, if you have passed a car or moped or motorbike driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.
  • For the 125cc rider, once you have passed your motorbike driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.
  • If you have passed an A1 motorcycle driving test, you don’t have to display L-Plates and can carry a passenger.

What you Don't Need:

  • Vehicle Excise Duty or "Road Tax" as electric motorcycles qualify for free road fund licence
  • Noisy, smelly, expensive petrol!

For full details have a look at the following official website.

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