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Motorised Scooters

Motorised Scooters

When we hear about scooters, it can be increasingly easy to misunderstand what it is you are buying. Many people invest in a scooter, only to find out it's not really what they were looking for. For example, are you looking to buy a stand-up scooter?

Then you should be looking at motorised scooters. Easily the most enjoyable of scooter styles to drive, they are powered using one of two engine styles:

  • An electric motor, which is the most common kind of motorised scooter you will find.
  • An internal combustion engine - comparatively rare when looking at scooters today.

They are a simple and easy form of micro-mobility, helping you to get around with speed. They also usually have a simple deck where you can stand, ensuring that you can fly around on your scooter with ease. They are quite fast, they tend to be fun to drive, and they make an excellent low-cost transport solution.

If you are looking to get around the local area, then motorised scooters are a wise investment. You just need to work out when and where is the best place to use a scooter. First off - are they suitable for driving on roads?

Are motorised scooters safe for driving on the road?

While most electric or motorised scooters are not allowed on the roads, some are. Many people like to use these simple scooters for getting around, with their two-wheeled simplicity removing confusion. However, you are not allowed to go on the road with most motorised scooters.

While they are increasingly popular across Europe and the USA on city paths, they are less common on roads. Most of the time, you would instead need to invest in a 125cc scooter. These are roadworthy usually, but need you to have a driving license to control it. Normal motorised scooters though are not likely to need a driving license. They are quite similar to bikes for the most part. If you go for something larger, though, you can more readily get around roads and other forms of transport. Just remember that you'll need a license!

For those in the United Kingdom, you CANNOT use electric scooters on the road. They are presently banned on the road but also the pavement. If you wish to drive an electric scooter around in the UK, it must be done on private land. And it must be done with the permission of the landowner. Without that, you are unable to drive a simple motorised scooter around.

If you are caught doing so in a public place, then you could be fined £300 and receive six points on your driving license. Also, please keep in mind that to own anmotorised scooter in the UK that you need to:

  • Get it taxed - this is just like owning any other kind of electric vehicle.
  • Obtain a license and pass all construction requirements asked of you.
  • Get an MOT - you cannot have your motorised scooter without an MOT.
  • Have fully working rear red lights and lighting on the front.
  • Have operational signalling solutions - your hands don't count.
  • Obtain fully official number plates attributed to your particular scooter.

As you might imagine, you cannot do most of this for a scooter. While other scooters, like 125cc scooters and 125cc motorbikes, can have this, normal motorised scooters cannot. This is why they are not legal for use on the roads. Without all of the above, you are not road legal.

What is a motorised scooter?

These forms of scooters are often referred to as a Personal Light Electric Vehicle, or PLEV. This is deemed a form of transport by the Department for Transport. This is why you cannot use it on the pavements of the UK. The lack of ability for all of the above features, though, makes it illegal to drive on the road. So, where can you drive them?

As mentioned above, all private land and property is a good starting place for using such a device. There is presently political pressure to update the laws on PLEVs, but this has yet to take place in the UK. As such, you should always take care about where (and when) you should use a motorised scooter.

Why can't I take my motorised scooter on the road?

While you could take some electric scooters - such as our GO Electric Scooter - on the road as it has all of functions above that you need, others don't. This scooter is an excellent choice as it is road legal, but also comes without any road tax due to it being an electric moped.

However, most of our other electric scooters and motorised scooters are not suitable for driving on the roads of the UK. Given that most scooters are not fast enough to go quick enough to be safe on the roads, they cannot be used on any public road within the United Kingdom.

You can, though, use it on any private land that you choose to visit as mentioned above. However, the other plus-side of this is that if your scooter cannot go on the road, you don't need a license to drive it. You won't even need to have a learner's permit. These are only for vehicles which could be on the road.

The challenge, then, comes down to buying a scooter that you can actually use on the road. Some scooters are simply too small or unsafe to drive on the road. So long as you can exceed 30mph, though, you should be more than capable of using that vehicle on the road.

As ever, the main thing you should do is find out where you can and cannot use any purchase. If you are thinking about buying any motorised scooters that we sell, contact us regarding their usability. We can tell you where they can (and cannot) be used, ensuring that you make a purchase you are happy with.

Don't invest in a scooter without knowing 100% what it is suitable for. We will be happy to show you what scooters we have which are, and are not, road and/or pathway legal.