Scooters and mopeds are types of small motorcycle, so you need motorbike insurance to ride them legally.
‘Moped’ is often used as a catch-all term for any bike up to 50cc although strictly speaking moped means a bike you pedal to get started. In reality, these days what most people describe as a ‘moped’ will have a start button instead.
‘Scooter’ describes a bike with a step-through frame and usually small wheels.
Lots of them are also under 50cc, so get described as a ‘moped’, but you can get much bigger scooters, including ones of around 600cc that can go on the motorway.
Scooters and mopeds tend to be cheap to insure because 'super-scooters' aside, they have smaller engines and lower speeds than other types of motorbike.
You’ll need to decide what level of cover you need:
It’s possible to get insurance to ride mopeds and smaller scooters on the road without passing a test. You can ride as a learner with L-plates after taking compulsory basic training (CBT). You’ll need to hold a provisional licence.
If you do buy your insurance before you’ve passed your test, you won’t be able to get pillion cover.
That’s because you can’t carry any passengers while you’re a learner.
Your insurance might get cheaper once you’ve passed a moped or motorcycle test, as you’ll have proved that you’re a capable rider.
Let your insurer know as soon as you pass.
Your scooter or moped will be covered by motorbike insurance.
We can help you find the right policy when you compare quotes with us.
Most mopeds and scooter are suitable for learners and have an engine size between 49cc and 125cc, making them quite cheap to insure.
To get quotes, you’ll need to know things like:
You’ll also need to let us know if and when you passed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and what type of licence you hold.
You’ll need to be 16 or over and have a provisional licence to start learning to ride.
You won’t need a provisional licence if you’ve got a full driving licence and passed your test before 1 February 2001 - you can already ride a moped without L-plates and without taking CBT.
Everyone else will need to take CBT to ride as a learner with L-plates, or to take a moped or motorcycle test to ride a moped without L-plates.