On March 19, 2021, Airdrie RCMP initiated a vehicle stop with a motorist driving an electric-powered motorcycle, or moped, in traffic without a license plate. The teenage male has been charged with multiple traffic offences including driving without registration or insurance. All vehicles on public streets, roadways, sidewalks, and bridges — including electric-powered motorcycles — are subject to the Traffic Safety Act and its legislation.
As the weather begins to warm and more seasonal vehicles take to the roads, Airdrie RCMP would like to remind the public of traffic safety rules and regulations for various small vehicle types.
Electric motorcycles or mopeds: These vehicles are not permitted on sidewalks or in bike lanes and must stay on the far right of any road, except when turning left. Operators must have a license, registration, and insurance (Government of Alberta, 2018).
Electric power assist bicycles: These vehicles are permitted in bike lanes or must stay on the far right of any road, except when turning left. Operators do not require a license, registration, or insurance (Government of Alberta, 2018).
Electric scooters: Legislation for rented or shared electric scooters varies between municipalities. Please refer to your city's specific laws and guidelines. Operators do not require a license, insurance, or registration. Personal e-scooters may only be used on private property (Government of Alberta, 2018).
Off-road or all-terrain vehicles: These vehicles are not permitted on public roadways or in ditches unless granted specific permissions. Operators must have registration and insurance. A license is only required if operators are permitted to drive on roadways (Government of Alberta, 2018).
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