To drive a moped or scooter, you must be at least 14 years old and have a class 6D driver's license. Owning an electric bike in Canada is easy. These vehicles are also known as electrically assisted bicycles, electric scooters, electric bicycles and electric scooters, and the laws for them are very similar to those of a traditional bicycle. They don't require a license, license plate, or insurance to own or operate.
In Canada, electric assisted bicycles are classified under federal law and each province may make minor changes, such as age requirements, and each municipality may make changes as to where they are allowed to be used. Electric scooters can be ridden on sidewalks and bike lanes, since they don't require any license or registration with the government. However, passengers must follow traffic regulations, which include wearing helmets and not driving on sidewalks when pedestrians are present. While places like the United Kingdom don't allow electric scooters, Canada is much more open and prepared for the introduction of these electric vehicles.
The city of Montreal created more than 200 parking spaces designed specifically for electric scooters shared by companies like Lime and Bird, but a Feb. 19 city report revealed that people were leaving them anywhere and everywhere, preventing general traffic. Most electric bicycles in Quebec are hybrid bicycles with electric assistance and road bikes with electric assistance. So yes, it's legal to use privately owned electric scooters in Montreal as long as you comply with current laws.
While all this controversy has led to a ban on shared electric scooters in Montreal, privately owned electric scooters are still perfectly legal. However, keep in mind that, like all bike lanes in Quebec, riding an electric scooter is illegal. The City of Toronto has not yet released its official rules on how to ride these electric scooters on public properties or highways. This pilot project aims to test the use of low-speed electric scooters through self-service rental services.
Electric scooters are also much cheaper than traditional bicycles because they don't require gasoline or oil to operate. In Canada, electric scooters are classified as electrically assisted bicycles and both follow many of the same federal laws and regulations. While electric bikes (or “electric bikes”) and scooters allow you to move without pedaling, there are a number of things that differentiate them. Users of low-speed electric scooters should receive appropriate training to drive such vehicles.
Users of low-speed electric scooters involved in an accident should call a police officer if someone has been injured or if there has been any damage to property.