Have you ever heard of being banned from the road, well, that is what happens to people who use vehicles on the road without a license. The moped scooter is not an exemption because it is also ridden on the road. One must get a license to drive a moped on the road.
Different countries, especially developed ones, are very particular about owning a license before hitting the road. The reason for these anchors on safety for all road users.
Safety is the number one reason for setting the laws that govern licensing the motorists. I can only imagine what would happen if a license wasn’t required to ride any vehicle; there would be several road accidents.
Before going into details about the license, it is important to note that you cannot ride a scooter if you are below 16years of age. You may get your license at an earlier age, but riding the scooter would have to wait till you are 16 years old.
Steps to get License to Drive a Moped from DVLA
After establishing the age limit for riding a scooter, the first move to make is to apply for the Provisional Moped License, which you can get at the DVLA.
Once you obtain the Provisional License to Drive a Moped, you can now apply for the Compulsory Basic training (CBT) test. The CBT test is not exactly a test; it is a course that would take about 6 – 8 hours. The course would touch the following areas:
Introduction and Eyesight check.
The aim of this is to certify that you have good eyesight, so you won’t end up mistaking a truck for a bicycle. You’d be tested to read a registration plate at a distance of 20.5m.
This training involves familiarizing yourself with the workings and maintenance of the bike, just in case you encounter a problem you would know how to tackle it.
You’d be learning to use the brakes, clutch and change gears, which would be very easy if you already have this knowledge. This learning phase would be within the site of the test.
This covers all the theory you need to know about the motorways, the various signs, and what they mean. Also, it covers how to drive in different seasons and on various kinds of roads.
All you’ve learned would be set into practice on various roads, which would be communicated to you by your instructor. The bulk of the work is here, so you’d be spending about 2 hours.
On passing this test, you can now ride your moped scooter around the city. Although, you would have a visible “L” plate attached to your bike. And you won’t be allowed to carry any passenger.
You might now be thinking, when do I do away with the L-plates and start carrying passengers?
To do this, you must obtain a full motorcycle license; this is done by applying for and passing your theory and practical tests. Once you’ve succeeded in these tests, you would earn an AM license, and you would be qualified to ride with passengers on motorways without the L-plate, but you must no exceed the 28mph mark. All the steps listed above are the 50 cubic centimeters (50cc) moped scooters.
For 125cc moped scooter, the steps to obtain the license are pretty much the same as that of the 50cc except that in this case, after having completed the whole course, you would be awarded the A1 license. The A1 license holders do not have any speed limits; they are free to carry passengers and can also use the motorways. To qualify for the A1 license, you have to 17 years or above.
After obtaining your license, before you hit the road, you must consider your safety and other motorists.
If you are caught riding a moped scooter without being licensed, aside from being banned from the road, you would also have to pay a certain amount of fine. Therefore, it is advised that you obtain your appropriate license before venturing out on to the roads with your newly acquired moped scooter.
Now that you are set, there are lots of options of moped scooters to choose from, and you can check out our scooters for sale for more information concerning owning and riding scooters in the UK.