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Do I need a licence for an E Scooter?

Do I need a licence for an E Scooter?

Electric scooters are a great mode of urban transport, that much is clear. What can be unclear are the license requirements but don’t worry, we’ve broken it down.      

A standard car licence dated before 1st February 2001 is valid to use an electric scooter, you do not need anything else. 

If your standard car licence is dated on or after 1st February 2001 you must have a valid CBT certificate or a motorbike licence to use an electric scooter.

If you only have a provisional driving licence you must have a valid CBT certificate to ride an electric scooter. This is the minimum requirement in terms of licence and certification to ride an electric scooter.

How old do I need to be?

It depends on the top speed of the scooter you are riding.

Electric scooters can be ridden by any rider 16 or over who has a CBT licence and a provisional driving licence or has category AM or P on their existing driver licence. To get technical, these are classed as L1e-B.

Electric scooters that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph are classed as L3e-A1. There is no speed restriction however you must be 17 or above and have passed a CBT course or have a full motorcycle licence.

We know what you’re thinking… what an earth is a CBT licence? 

CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training and is a one-day course that teaches all you need to know for safe road use. There isn’t a specific CBT certificate for electric vehicles are the theory is all the same.

A CBT certificate is valid for 2 years, once it has expired you need to take another course or gain a full motorcycle licence to stay on the road. CBT certificate holders are not permitted to carry another passenger and must display L-plates (L or D plates in Wales). CBT holders are also not permitted to use the motorway. We think this is for the best though as not only would the motorway be unsafe for a vehicle with a top speed of 30pmh, you’d also look a bit silly…

You can book Compulsory Basic Training courses directly with a motorcycle training school. The price is set by the training school and will depend on where you do the training and whether you bring you own scooter (or motorcycle).

How do I get a motorcycle licence and what type do I need?

Can’t be bothered to keep renewing a CBT certificate? Want to take another passenger for a ride on your cool electric scooter? Embarrassed of the L plates? We don’t blame you. Time to get a motorcycle licence. 

To ride a faster electric scooter which is capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph (classed as L3e-A1), you need a minimum A1 motorcycle licence. To get this licence you must pass a motorcycle theory test and a part 2 practical test on a bike between 120cc and 125cc (not exceeding 11kW). You will then be able to ride a scooter (or motorcycle) up to up to 125cc and not exceeding 11kW without L plates and carry a pillion passenger.

Still confused? Don’t worry, we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, we love talking about our scooters!

(Please note the above information is based on GOV.UK (2020) guidance for the United Kingdom. Please check information for licensing in other countries).

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