The type of license you need for a scooter.
The licencing of scooter riders varies between states in Australia. Some states and territories in Australia require you to have a motorcycle licence to ride a scooter. The others allow you to ride a scooter if you have a car licence – but only if the scooter’s engine size is 50cc or less and/or it can’t go faster than 50kmph (scooters like this are sometimes called ‘mopeds’).
Although even if you are able to, it’s important to remember that riding a scooter is completely different to driving a car. The discipline you need to be aware of other drivers, positioning of the bike on the road and many other factors make it quite different. So getting the appropriate training through a licensing program can be very beneficial.
Here is a quick summary;
- 50cc or less / 50kmph or less; motorcycle License required in ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC
- More than 50cc / more than 50kmph; motorcycle License required in all states / territories
Can you carry passengers on a scooter?
While it is ok in some locations to use a scooter with a car license, few, if any, allow you to carry a passenger on a scooter. In Queensland, for example, scooter riders can only carry passengers if the rider has held a motorcycle licence for at least 12 months. NSW has different requirements depending on the type of motorcycle license you have and how long you have been riding for.