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Can I Drive a Moped at 14?

Can I Drive a Moped at 14?

Moped driving can seem like a confusing place, especially if this is your first time reading the rules. At Direct Bikes, we try and make it less confusing by taking the uncertainty out of the rules for you. For example, one common question we regularly get asked is by people looking to pick up a ride for their teenage children. ‘Can I drive a moped at 14?’ is a question we regularly cover. And the answer can be somewhat confusing if you are new to riding rules.

So, let us try and make sense of it for you.

Can I drive a moped at 14?

If you look around Europe, you can find many other countries in Europe who allow moped riding at 14. However, in the UK, you are not allowed to ride a moped from the age of fourteen. You must be the youngest age, which is currently sixteen.

What you could ride at fourteen, though, is an electric bike. You can ride an electric bike in Scotland, England, or Wales, presuming you are over the age of fourteen. You can read more about electric bike rules here. These are known as ‘electrically assisted pedal vehicles’ and they do not need to be taxed, insured, or registered with the DVLA. At Direct Bikes, though, all of our 50cc scooters for sale are not suitable for those at the age of 14 or below.

For anyone looking to get a moped, though, you have to be a minimum age of sixteen before you can start riding. This is something that you should not try and get around. While you could apply for your provisional driving license before you are sixteen, you cannot use your moped until you are sixteen years of age.

You would be expected to then take your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), and also commit to passing your moped test within a 2-year period. With a CBT and a provisional driving license, you can:

  • Drive up to a 50cc moped with a top speed of 30 miles per hour.
  • Drive with your L plates attached and worn at all times.
  • Not pick up a passenger or carry them on the back of your moped.
  • Not drive on the motorways.

From age 17, you could drive up to a 125cc scooter. So, for those who are trying to get into the world of moped riding from age 14, you have a little while to wait until you can safely do so. you will need to make sure that you can get your moped taxed, insured, and then registered with the DVLA beforehand.

Keep that in mind, and you should find it much easier to get a moped at the right time, and the right age. All that you need to do is take the time to look at what kind of moped you would like to buy. You can then make sure that, when the time comes, you are legally permitted to do so. if you need any help at all in working out what you can and cannot drive at what age, contact us today.


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