Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to a few questions we get asked often, for more detailed info on anything you see on RetrospectiveScooter.com please give us a call or send us an email.

Do You Sell or Repair stand on e-scooterS?

Unfortunately not. We are a scooter shop in the traditional sense. We repair, restore and sell classic scooters as well new petrol scooters and electric mopeds. We also offer electric conversions to classic scooters.

What license do I need to ride an Electric Moped?

This depends on the power of the vehicle and when you acquired your full car license. If you acquired your license before 2001 you are permitted to ride up to the equivalent of 50cc moped with a top speed of 30mph. You do not have to display L plates. If you want to ride the equivalent of a 125cc, you will need to hold a A1 motorcycle license or higher, or complete a CBT (Certificate of Basic Training) course and display L plates at all times.

Full details on licenses can be found here: www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped

What license do I need to ride a Petrol Scooter?

This again depends on the power of the vehicle and when you acquired your full car license. If you acquired your driver's license before 2001 you are permitted to ride a 50cc scooter with a top speed of 30mph. You do not have to display L plates. If you want to ride a 125cc you will need to hold an A1 motorcycle license or higher, or complete a CBT (Certificate of Basic Training) course and display L plates at all times. Should you wish to ride a 200cc scooter you will need an A2 or A license.

Full details on licenses can be found here: www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped

Do I need to pay the congestion  charge?

Currently you do not have to pay the Congestion Charge when riding a moped or scooter.

Full details on the congestion charge can be found here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge/discounts-and-exemptions

Do I need to pay the ULEZ  charge?

If your ride an electric moped you do not have to pay the ULEZ charge. If your scooter is taxed as a historic vehicle you do not have to pay the charge. If your scooter meets the Euro 3 emissions standards made before 2006 and not older than 40 years + you also do not have to pay.

TFL also offer motorcycle emissions testing should you think your moped or scooter qualify but do not meet the above requirements.

Full details on the ULEZ charge can be found here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/motorcycles-mopeds-and-more#on-this-page-0

Do I need To Pay Road Tax on my Moped or Scooter?

If you ride an electric moped or historic scooter you don't have to pay road tax. If you ride a 50-125cc scooter you will need to pay road tax of £20 per year and £44 per year for 200cc models.

Full details on tax can be found here: www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables/other-vehicle-tax-rates

Does my Vehicle qualify As Historic?

If your moped or scooter was manufactured more than 40 years ago then yes. The DVLA introduced a new rolling classification meaning that if your vehicle is currently 39 years old then it will qualify for free road tax the following year. It also means you does not require an MOT.

Full details on historic vehicles can be found here: www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles

What safety gear should I Wear?

At the very minimum you need to wear a helmet by law. We recommend wearing a full face helmet as these offer the maximum protection to your melon. A good pair of gloves ls is also highly recommended. As for jackets and trousers, there are a host of different options available from fully padded to abrasive resistant clothing.

Please note all information here is supplied as a guide only and and subject to change. We cannot be held responsible for any charges incurred by not checking the relevant information required.

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