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Alberta Moped Laws

Alberta Moped Laws

Moped Defintion

A moped is a two or three wheeled vehicle that has an engine that has a cyclinder capacity less than 50c.c.


Bicycle Definition

Any cycle propelled by human power on which a person may ride, regardless of the number of wheels it may has.


Cycle Definition

a wheeled vehicle with seat(s) for one or more riders which is propelled exclusively by the human power of the rider(s). a bicycle , a motor cycle or a moped.


Moped License Requirements

A Class 6 or 7 Vehicle license is required to be able to operate a moped legally.

To obtain a license, anyone under 18 years of age that is not married or self-supporting must provide consent from a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must provide consent for a first time licence application or ID card. Those with a Class 6 License may operate a motorcycle or a moped, or all motor vehicles under Class 5, for learning only.The minimum learning or licencing age is 16. The requirements are a written test and vision screening and a road test for applicants with a Class 7. A written test, vision screening and skill test for applicants with a Class 5 or better.To obtain a class 6 license, you must pass a vehicle road test with a motorcycle without a sidecar.

A Class 7 License also allows its holders to operate a moped. Additionally, Class 7 licenses can operate a motor vehicle referred to in the Class 5 category, as a learner only and a motorcycle, as a learner only, if the operator is at least 16 years of age.The requirements for obtaining a Class 7 license include a written test and vision screening.

A 5 year operator's license in Alberta costs $65.00. A license knowledge test costs $20.00, and a Class 6 Road test costs $56.00.


Moped Registration

Mopeds must be registered and insured to be operated in Alberta. The cost of moped or motorcycle license plates for one year is $46.00.


Other Moped Laws

  • All moped operators must wear a standard compliant helmet.
  • Mopeds that are propelled by internal combustion engines must be have exhaust mufflers that comply with the standards set by Canadian laws.
  • No one under the age of of twelve can operate a power bicycle on a highway.
  • No one under the age of 18 can operate a power bicycle shall be used on a highway unless that person has obtained and carries the official consent of their guardian in the form according to Canadian standards, or holds a legal operator's licence
  • If a highway has a shoulder off to the right, mopeds should be operated there.
  • A person who is operating a cycle on a highway shall ride as near as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.
  • A person operating a cycle on a highway shall not ride to the side of another cycle traveling in the same direction, but shall ride directly in line to the rear or front of the other cycle, except when overtaking and passing the other cycle.
  • Mopeds must have a headlight positioned no higher than 1.50 m and no lower than 0.51 m above ground level
  • Mopeds must have a red brake light visible from 30 m while braking.
  • Mopeds must have a red tail light visible from at least 155m to be operated during the night.
  • Mopeds must have a moped on the left hand side of the cycle that allows the driver view the roadway to the rear and vehicles approaching from the rear.
  • Moped brakes must allow the vehicle to stop in 9m while traveling 32kph.
  • A red rear reflector, red side reflectors, and amber side reflectors are required to operate a moped. Reflectors should be visible from the distance of 110m during the night.


External Resources
  • Alberta Government Services - Drivers
  • Canadian Highway traffic regulation


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