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Canada: Moped accidents cause new Laws

Postby Micronaut » Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:03 pm ... 0599119419

Ontario changes rules for mopeds
Written, road tests mandatory
Moped collisions double in 4 years
Dec. 24, 2005. 01:00 AM

People who want to drive motor scooters and mopeds in Ontario will now have to apply for a licence and take both written and road tests.

Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar said this week that scooter users must now prove they know the rules of the road and demonstrate their skills.

In the past, people could operate pedal-assisted mopeds with just an ordinary driver's licence, but required an M-class licence for scooters, which are classified as limited-speed motorcycles.

Takhar announced earlier this month that a special test and licence will also be required for scooter operators, which would be more appropriate than the full M-class testing.

He said the number of moped collisions has more than doubled between 1999 and 2003.

Bob Ramsay, president of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council, applauded the new measure.

"Testing drivers on their own motor scooter or moped improves road safety, and it makes the whole licensing process faster and more convenient," he said.

The written tests have been mandatory since the end of November. The road tests will be ready by spring.

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