Laws In British Columbia Regarding Mopeds And Scooters

Not everyone on the road in British Columbia operates a 4-wheeled motored vehicle or a motorcycle. Some of them guide the movements of an LSM or an electric scooter.

What is an LSM?

Those 3 letters stand for limited speed motorcycle. Some people refer to an LSM as a moped.

What are the distinguishing features of the 2 types of smaller vehicles that are allowed on the road in British Columbia?

• A moped’s motor should be less than 50 cubic cm in size.
• An electric scooter’s motor should have no greater than a 1.5-kilowatt rating. In addition, it should not travel faster than 79 kilometres/hour.
• An LSM should weigh less than 95 kilograms (without the battery). Its wheels ought to be at least 25.4 cm in diameter.

Actions to be taken by owner of scooter or moped

Be sure that the vehicle has been registered in British Columbia. Get insurance for that same vehicle. ICBC Lawyers in Kelowna recommend that you get a class 5 or 7 license. That is one that grants full privileges to the person that carries that type of license. Someone that has only a learner’s permit has no right to operate a moped or an electric scooter in British Columbia.

Follow the rules of the road. Do not operate either of the vehicles after consuming an alcoholic beverage, or after using a mind-altering drug. Do not use a distracting device, while steering your vehicle down the road.

Smaller vehicles that are not allowed on the roadways in B.C.

The owner of a motor scooter that requires shifting should never take it on a public road. Such scooters are forbidden on such roadways.

By the same token, both motorized skateboards and pocket bikes are to be used in areas where there is no public traffic. Their use is forbidden on a roadway or a freeway.

The rules about skateboards and pocket bikes are meant to prevent accidents. There is a good chance that a motorist might not see such a small motorized conveyance. After all, motorists in Canada already need to keep an eye out for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Sometimes one of those travels in the far right lane of a roadway.

Why do the owners of ATVs have permission to take their ATV on the road? The government allows that because so many Canadians depend on an all-terrain form of transportation, when moving about their property, or the lands near their property.

Much of Canada is covered in wilderness. Anyone that lives in the vicinity of that wilderness has reason to depend on a form of transportation that can handle all types of terrain. In other words, those that inhabit a spot close to a wilderness area need an ATV.