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.
Class I mopeds
- 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.
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.
Where can you ride?
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.
A safety helmet is mandatory for all moped drivers and passengers.
Insurances and inspection
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.
Instructions using class I mopeds (PDFs):
Class I mopeds are two-, three-, or four-wheeled motor vehicles that do not exceed 25 km/h.