British Columbia Moped LawsLimited Speed Motorcycle Defintion
A moped is a two or three three wheeled vehicle that, if it has an internal combustion engine, it has a cyclinder capacity less than 50c.c or if it has an electric motor, a power source that produces a maximum of 1.5 kW. The vehicle may not travel at a speed greater than 70 km/h. A limited speed motorcycle must have a power drive system that does not require clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged. Its wheels must have a diameter of 254 mm or more, and it must have a maximum weight of 95 kg excluding fuel or batteries used to store energy for vehicle propulsion.Motor-assisted Cycle Definition
Power-assisted bicycles are defined as vehicles ran by an electric motor with a continuous power output rating of not more than 500 watts used as a secondary source of power, that can travel at a maximum speed of 32 km/h while being powered. The wheels of a motor assisted cycle must be 350 mm or more in diameter, and there cannot be more than 3 in contact with the ground.
A motor assisted cycle must be equipped with a mechanism, separate from the accelerator controller, that allows the driver to turn the motor on and off from a normal seated position while operating the motor assisted cycle, or prevents the motor from turning on or engaging before the motor assisted cycle attains a speed of 3 km/hr. The motor of a motor assisted cycle must turn off or disengage if the operator stops pedaling,an accelerator controller is released, or a brake is applied. A motor assisted cycle must not be equipped with a generator, alternator or similar device powered by a combustion engine.
Motor-assisted bicycles do not fall into the category of motor vehicles under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
The definition of a power-assisted bicycle was changed in 2001 by the Transportation Minister. He changed the definition to include bicyles that are powered by both humans and electricity, or by electricity alone. The change in the definition was to allow Canadians to find new transportation means that will be beneficial to the environment. The entire article is at Transport CanadaLicense Requirements
The minimum age allowed to operate a motor assisted cycle on a public highway is 16. Additionally, if the parent or guardian of an motor assisted cycle operator younger than 16 years permits him or her to operate the cycle, they commit an offense.Registration
the owner of a motor vehicle , before it is used or operated on a highway, must register the motor vehicle with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, obtain a license for its operation under this section, and obtain for it a certificate of insurance under the Insurance Act.Cycle operating laws
Regulations in the Motor Vehicle Act and Street and Traffic By-Law already prohibit the use of small motorized vehicles on any City street, sidewalk, or boulevard. However, there are currently no regulations in place to prohibit the use of these vehicles on other public property such as seawalls, public plazas, and statutory right of ways.External Resources