Mini Motos - are they legal?

There is growing concern about the problem of mini motorbikes being used on roads, pavements and in other places that cause disturbance and are dangerous to others.
Owners of mini-motorbikes are being warned they could have their vehicle confiscated if they ride in an illegal or anti-social manner.

To ride mini-motos in a public place the following criteria is required:

  • Valid Driving Licence and Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Certificate. 
  • Insurance 
  • Tax, displaying Vehicle Excise Disc (Tax Disc)  
  • Registration plate 
  • MOT (if over 3 years old) 
  • Must have 'type approval' (the Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval Scheme (MSVA) is a pre-registration scheme for motorcycles, three-wheeled and light four-wheeled vehicles that have not been type-approved to European standards. The main purpose of this scheme is to ensure that these vehicles have been designed and constructed to modern safety and environmental standards before they can be used on public roads). 
  • Approved exhaust system if used on road. 
  • Helmet - (if visor/goggles (eye protectors) used must comply with regulations (for safety)
  • Parents can also be charged with permitting the use of the motor vehicle without insurance, driving licence or without a valid MOT.

Public Place ...

  • Riding without a licence 
  • Riding without valid insurance 
  • Riding without valid MOT 
  • Not displaying valid Vehicle Excise licence 

Other possible charges:

  • Driving without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road. 'Section 3 Road traffic Act 1988'


  • Without lawful authority driving a motor vehicle on to or upon any common land, moorland or land of any description, not being land forming part of a road, or on any road being a footpath or bridleway. 

If the vehicle is being used in an anti social manner the vehicle will be seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 - before seizing the vehicle the officer must first warn the rider/owner about their anti-social behaviour.
Cost of seizing the vehicle, to the owner - £105 removal fee, £12 per day/part day storage, £50 disposal - this fee must be paid even if the vehicle is not collected.

In addition to the rider committing offences (using - an absolute offence), the parents can be brought before a Court for causing, or permitting the offence. Aid, abet, counsels or procures the commission of an offence can also be used.

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