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Mopeds & motorcycles

Mopeds (Class I)

  • Motor vehicles that do not exceed 25 km/h
  • The driver must be at least 13 years old.
  • Helmet is mandatory for driver and passenger.
  • No driving instruction or driving license is required.
  • Passengers not allowed with driver under 20 years old. Passenger should sit behind the driver.
  • Can be used on bicycle lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian paths.
  • Recommended not to use in public traffic with speeds greater than 50 km/h.
  • No insurance or inspection required.

 

See the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority for more detailed information about mopeds (Class I).

Instructions using class I mopeds (PDFs):

 

English

 Polish 

Icelandic

Light motorcycles (Class II)

  • Motor vehicles that do not exceed 45 km/h.
  • Driver needs to be 15 years or older and have a type B licence (for normal cars) or AM licence.
  • Helmet is mandatory for driver and passenger.
  • Should only be driven on traffic lanes.
  • A child seven years of age or younger that is a passenger, shall be seated in a special seat intended for that purpose.
  • A child older than seven has to be able to reach the foot support pedals, or be in a special seat as mentioned above.
  • Need to be registered and insured.

 

See the  website of the Icelandic Transport Authority (in Icelandic) for detailed informatoion about light motorcycles (Class II)

Further reading - Mopeds & Motorcycles

Mopeds (Class I)

Class I mopeds are two-, three-, or four-wheeled motor vehicles that do not exceed 25 km/h. They can be powered by electricity or other sources of energy. This is based on the maximum speed stated by the manufacturer of the motorcycle. There are many different types of Class I mopeds.

 

The driver of a moped must be at least 13 years old but no driving instruction or driving license is required. The moped is not designed for faster speeds than 25 km/h.

 

Passengers are not allowed unless the driver is 20 years of age or older. In such cases it is only permitted if the manufacturer confirms that the moped is made for passengers and the passenger must sit behind the driver. A child seven years of age or younger who is a passenger on the moped shall be seated in a special seat intended for that purpose.

 

A safety helmet is mandatory for all moped drivers and passengers.

 

Mopeds can be used on bicycle lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian paths as long as it does not pose any danger or inconvenience to pedestrians or is not explicitly prohibited.

 

It is recommended that class I mopeds are not used in public traffic where speeds are greater than 50 km/h, although it is permitted. If a bicycle lane is parallel to a pedestrian path, mopeds may only be driven on the bicycle lane. If the moped driver crosses a road from a pedestrian path, the maximum speed must not exceed walking speed.

 

There is no insurance obligation for Class I mopeds, but owners are encouraged to seek advice from insurance companies regarding liability insurance.

 

Mopeds are not required to be registered or inspected.

 

More detailed information about mopeds (Class I) can be found here on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority (in Icelandic)

Instructions using class I mopeds (PDFs):   English – Polish – Icelandic

Rules that apply to using class I mopeds (Videos below with English, Polish and Icelandic subtitles)

Light motorcycles (Class II)

Light motorcycles of class II are two-, three-, or four-wheeled motor vehicles that do not exceed 45 km/h. To drive a a light motocycle of class II the driver needs to 15 years or older and have a tybe B or AM licence.

 

Light motorcycle of class II should only be driven on traffic lanes, not sidewalks, walking paths for pedestrians or bicycle lanes.

 

Passengers are not allowed unless the driver is 20 years of age or older. In such cases it is only permitted if the manufacturer confirms that the motocycle is made for passengers and the passenger must sit behind the driver. A child seven years of age or younger who is a passenger on the motorcycle shall be seated in a special seat intended for that purpose. A child older than seven has to be able to reach the foot support pedals, or be in a special seat as mentioned above.

 

A safety helmet is mandatory for all drivers and passengers of a light motorcycle of class II and the use of protective clothing.

 

Light motorcycles of class II need to be registered and insured.

 

More detailed information about light motorcycles of class II can be found here on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority (in Icelandic)

Informative videos

The Icelandic Transport Authority has made many informative videos in various languages. Have a look at their Youtube channel.

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