A “Moped” is a motorcycle in Japan!

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A “Moped” is a motorcycle in Japan!


What is a “moped”?

A moped is a two wheeled, engine-powered vehicle with pedals and a throttle (ペダル付きの原動機付自転車 / pedaru-tsuki no gendōki-tsuki jitensha). In Japan, mopeds are not categorized as bicycles, but as motorcycles. Riding a moped that doesn’t meet regulations on the road is illegal and subject to punishment.

To ride a moped on the road, the following are required.

① The rider must have a valid driver’s license
② A motorcycle helmet must be worn
③ Parts such as brakes, headlight, rear-view mirror and indicators must be installed
④ Compulsory automobile liability insurance
⑤ A license plate must be clearly shown on the rear of the vehicle

If you ride an illegal moped on the road, you could be punished by up to 3 years in prison or fined up to 500,000 Yen.

Information courtesy of Aichi Prefectural Police


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