The Class M restricted licence allows drivers to take a road test using their motor scooter/moped and be licensed for that type of vehicle:
A limited-speed motorcycle is also known as a "motor scooter." You can usually tell a limited-speed motorcycle by its "step through" design - you don't have to straddle the seat. Motor scooters can be either electric or gas powered and have a maximum speed of 70 km/h and a minimum speed of over 32 km/h.
Most motor scooters have automatic transmissions, with a maximum engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters. If in doubt, most motor scooters have a label on the bike itself, which says "LSM" For a full definition see Licensing Changes for Operators of Motor Scooters and Mopeds: Vehicle Descriptions
No. A moped is a motor-assisted bicycle fitted with pedals that can be operated at all times and has a maximum speed of 50 km/h.
No. If your vehicle does not comply with the definition of a limited-speed motorcycle or moped and it is not a full-speed motorcycle, it will not be registered.
You must be at least 16 years old and have a valid motorcycle licence or you can opt for a valid motorcycle licence with the condition that will allow you to drive a limited-speed motorcycle and moped - but not a full-powered motorcycle.
The vehicle must be insured, registered and have a valid licence plate. The operator must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
You may not drive your limited-speed motorcycle or moped on controlled-access highways such as the 400 series highways, the Queen Elizabeth Way, the Queensway in Ottawa and the Kitchener-Waterloo Expressway. The holder of a Class M1 licence cannot drive their limited-speed motorcycle or moped on roads with speed limits of more than 80 km/hr. Local municipalities can ban mopeds from roads in their jurisdiction where the speed limit is 80 km or greater.
November 28, 2005.
People who want to ride mopeds must have either a full Class M licence or a restricted M licence that will allow them to drive a moped and limited-speed motorcycle only.
Moped drivers are no longer able to drive a moped on a Class G licence. However, persons who have demonstrated their previous experience driving mopeds can be issued a restricted class M licence as long as:
You do not need to do anything. You can keep your class M licence.
The fees to obtain an M driver's licence for mopeds and LSMs are the same as for motorcycles.
The M1 road test is the same as the M1 road test for standard motorcycles.
The test will be completed mainly in a parking lot and the applicant will be required to complete a three-part motorcycle skill test by driving their vehicle through sets of cones to test their skills in manoeuvring their vehicle.
The M1 licence must be held at least 60 days before you are eligible to attempt the M1 road test. The M1 licence is valid for 90 days.
Remember, if you take the road test on your motor scooter or moped, you will receive a driver's licence that allows you to operate these types of vehicles only.
If you take the road test on a motorcycle, you will receive a driver's licence that allows you to operate a motorcycle, LSM and moped.
The M2 road test is the same as the M2 road test for standard motorcycles with the exception of the freeway portion of the test, which has been omitted. You will be required to complete the business section of the road test on a roadway with a posted speed limit of 50 km/hr.
The safe speed may vary depending on road and traffic conditions.
Important: Your LSM or moped must be capable of maintaining a safe speed on the 50km/hr road to complete the test. Before the road test can begin, you will be required to sign a declaration on the M2 Examination form that your LSM or moped is capable of maintaining a safe speed on a 50 km/hr road. If you are unable to sign the declaration, your road test will be cancelled and you may be charged half of your test fee.
The examiner will give you directions through a disposable earphone and, as you complete the tasks, the examiner will watch to make sure you successfully perform the skills that are required in the road test.
The M2 licence must be held for 22 months (18 months if taking a ministry approved motorcycle safety course) before taking your M2 road test.
Applicants should decide what type of motorcycle licence they need and bring the appropriate vehicle to do the road test. Applicants are required to indicate the type of motorcycle that they will use for their test when they book an M1 or M2 road test.
Important: The M2 test route includes roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/hr. Before you book your M2 road test, please make sure your vehicle is capable of reaching and maintaining a safe speed on a 50 km/hr road.
A distinct licence plate is available to all limited-speed motorcycles registered after March 27, 2006. The plate is the same size as the motorcycle plate but is green with white lettering. LSMs that are newly plated after March 27, 2006 will have the LSM plate. The fees are the same as for motorcycle plates - $20.00 for the plate and $42.00 to validate and renew.
Moped and motorcycle plates will remain the same.
To upgrade to a full M licence, one that will allow you to drive a full-speed motorcycle, you must do the following:
People who are not registered moped plate owners or moped licence holders but who operated a moped on a Class G or other licence prior to November 28, 2005 may be fast-tracked to obtain their restricted M licence:
All other Class M requirements must be met, including a vision test, a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs and an M1 and M2 road test.
The ministry has approved motor scooter training courses. These courses are offered by motorcycle safety associations/colleges and these courses include road testing. Motorcycle safety associations/colleges may also offer motor scooter training courses without road testing.
You may contact them directly to see what courses they offer. Information on motor scooter safety caurses can also be found on this website at: /english/dandv/driver/courses.shtml