This is the question we get asked the most. So we thought we would help clear things up : )
So what do you need?
Currently we have 2 types of Electric Scooters, Some that are limited to 28mph and some that are limited to 45mph. The type of license you have will dictate what you need to do to start riding. All our mopeds and motorcycles are either 50cc equivalent (called "L1e") or 125cc (called "L3e") and both can be ridden on a CBT.
OK so lets break it down......
Did you pass your driving test before the 1st of February 2001?
This means you can ride electric scooters restricted to 28mph (45kmh) on your car license and you DO NOT have to take a CBT course and you DO NOT have to display an L Plates (This means you can ride the UQI, UQI GT Pro, MQI + sport, NQI Sport, NQI Pro and NQI Cargo) You can ride electric mopeds that are restricted to 28mph for as long as your car license lasts.
However if you want to ride Electric scooters that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph these are classed as L3e-A1 so you will need to sit a compulsory basic training course and display L Plates. You CBT certificate will last 2 years, and it will need renewed unless you pass your A2, A1 or A motorcycle test. (This means you can ride NQI GTS Pro, NQI GTS Sport and NQI GT Pro Cargo
Did you pass your driving test on or after the 1st February 2001?
If you want to ride a electric mopeds restricted to 28mph (45kmh) you will need to take CBT course and can be ridden by any rider 16 or over (who has passed the CBT) as you hold a current driving licence you will not need to take further theory and practical tests or take CBT again. (This means you can ride UQI, UQI GT Pro, MQI + sport, NQI Sport, NQI Pro and NQI Cargo) for as long as your license lasts.
If you are looking to ride Electric Scooters that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph this are classed as L3e-A1 and you will need to take a CBT and be over 17 and display an L Plate. (This means you can ride NQI GTS Pro, NQI GTS Sport and NQI GT Pro Cargo) Your CBT certificate will last 2 years, and it will need renewed unless you pass your A2, A1 or A motorcycle test.
You have a provisional license?
Don’t worry You can still ride any of our NIU Electric scooters, however you will need to sit a CBT Course and display L plates. This is the case for both types of NIU scooters that are limited to 28mph and 45mph top speed. However, if you pass you driving test within 2 years of sitting your CBT you will not have to renew your CBT to ride any electric scooters with a maximum speed of 28mph. If you wish to ride any of our scooters capable of 45mph, you will need to renew your CBT after 2 years unless you pass your A2, A1 or A motorcycle test
How does the CBT course work?
The compulsory basic training (CBT) course usually lasts a full day. It can take longer depending on how quickly you learn.
There are 5 parts to the course:
- introduction and eyesight check
- on-site training
- on-site riding
- on-road training
- on-road riding
We hope that all makes sense : ) We know it can be confusing! If you do have any questions on licensing requirements you can always contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org