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Can you drive a scooter on the motorway?

Can you drive a scooter on the motorway?

Scooters or mopeds are often the first taste of freedom young drivers get, and so it can be tempting to try and go everywhere on them. However, there are some restrictions in place about where you can ride certain scooters, with one such place being the motorway. This article gives you all you need to know about riding a scooter on the motorway.

Can I ride a scooter on the motorway?

When it comes to riding a scooter on the motorway there are several different factors to be considered. These will dictate whether you can use your scooter on the motorway. For convenience's sake, we've split the information up for 50cc and 125cc scooters.

50cc scooters and the motorway

You cannot ride a 50cc scooter on the motorway. To ride a scooter on the motorway it needs to be at least 125cc.

The other thing to consider is that 50cc scooters only have a top speed of around 30pmh, and so you will be putting yourself in danger by driving on the motorway. The law also specifies that scooters 50cc cannot go on the motorway. If you use a 50cc scooter on a motorway you can be prosecuted. You can though ride your 50cc scooter on a Dual Carriageway. The best advice is to just avoid using a 50cc scooter on the motorway.

125cc scooters and the motorway

125cc scooters, however, are a different thing altogether. The same rules apply about holding a full motorbike licence, but considering a CBT lasts for two years there's every chance that it might expire while you're still riding a 125cc. So if you take your test while still riding one, then by all means go on the motorway.

The other thing to consider with 125cc scooters is that they have a much higher top speed than a 50cc. Here at Direct Bikes, the majority of our 125cc scooters and motorbikes have a top speed of around 68mph, which is much safer for using on a motorway. The most important thing to consider is your confidence level because riding on a motorway is quite different from riding on a normal public road.

When it comes to riding a scooter on the motorway, avoid using a 50cc, it is illegal. However, if you ride a 125cc then you're free to use the motorway, but just make sure you feel confident enough first.