Q472: I have bought my child a go-ped/mini moto. Is it legal?

There are two types of electric scooter/go-peds/mini moto, those which only reach a maximum speed of 5mph and those whose maximum speed is above that. The ones that have the lower speed are classed as toys and not a mechanically propelled vehicle.

The other ones which have a maximum speed of 15/20 mph are classed as a mechanically propelled vehicles and are subject to the same regulations as motor vehicles if used on public roads, i.e. they must be taxed and insured and the user must hold a licence and wear a helmet. It is likely that if insurance companies did provide such insurance it would be very expensive.

However it is unlikely that the vehicle would be road worthy i.e. the brakes, tyres etc would not be up to the standard required by law.

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