Renting a scooter is one of the most fun ways to explore downtown Vancouver. With the onset of spring, you may be surprised to see how incredibly rewarding riding a scooter can turn out to be. A scooter is one of the most fun ways to explore Vancouver whether it is visiting incredible sights like forests, Stanley Park, ocean, or simply taking a downtown ride. However, there are a few things that you need to consider when it comes to scooter rentals.
Although there are many countries around the world which do not have severe restrictions on scooter or moped riding, in Canada the rules are different. Before you decide to rent a scooter, it is mandatory that you hold an international license if you are a non-Canadian resident. In the case of Canadian residents, you must be at least 14 years of age and should hold the Class 6D driver’s licence to get a rental.
Scooters are not allowed on several Vancouver roads, especially highways. In addition, they must not exceed 70 km/h when riding on the road. Scooters are allowed to be parked only in designated parking places and cannot be driven or parked on sidewalks or pathways. Scooters cannot be used off-road or on unpaved roads.
Most car and scooter rental companies will require their riders to hold valid health insurance. It is important to have in case of any injuries or accidents that may occur. If you are travelling from abroad, check with your insurance provider if international insurance is covered in your policy.
Although the present climate in Canada is anything but warm, as the summer peaks, it is important to wear the right clothing, sunglasses and a helmet when riding a scooter. A helmet is mandatory in most countries.
Checking the scooter
Before you decide to rent a scooter, check its features and inquire about the features you are not aware of. Your local vehicle rental centre will be able to answer the questions for you. Make sure that you are aware of all the scooter mechanisms, especially those associated with safety.
Most countries across the world have strict rules against intoxication when riding a scooter. You will still be surprised by the number of people who drink and drive and cause accidents or are fatally injured due to lost control of the vehicle. Drunk driving is a criminal offence in Canada and you could face jail time for it too. Make sure to maintain zero alcohol levels when riding a scooter.
One of the most common practices that many people blindly follow is to give their passport to the rental place. Being held hostage using your passport is not worth it. Reputed rental places like Access Rent-a-Car will only require a copy of your driving license and your passport. Any rental place that asks for your original documents is not worth renting from.