Safer scooter riding is of the utmost importance to us at Wheels to Work Silverstone.
Some of our customers are seasoned bikers just looking for a way to commute to work, but for many of you this is your first taste of freedom on the road.
We want it to be the best and safest possible.
Before we can even consider getting you on the road, you need a provisional or full driving licence and a valid CBT certificate.
Whether you are a pro or a rookie, there are some legal requirements to enforce safer scooter riding.
Protective Motorcycle Helmet
According to The Highway Code Rule 83, ALL riders must wear a helmet on ALL journeys (*see exception below).
The helmet must comply with regulations and fit the rider well.
Safety Helmets in the UK are legally required to comply with the following:
- British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark.
- UNECE Regulation 22.05.
- a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark.
Read more here to ensure your helmet meets British Standard Safety Regulations.
- Always ensure that you clean the visor before each journey to ensure you have the best possible vision.
- If you want to stand out on the road, you could opt for a brightly coloured helmet.
Eye Protection – Visors and Goggles
According to Rule 84 in The Highway Code, it is advisable to wear visors or goggles to protect your eyes.
These must also comply with the following:
- meet a British Standard and display a BSI Kitemark.
- meet a European standard offering at least the same safety and protection as the British Standard and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark (UNECE Regulation 22.05).
- Scratched visors or googles will limit your vision, so always check before each journey.
It’S wise to invest in a pair of well-fitting motorcyclist gloves to ride your scooter safely.
Not only will they protect your hands, but they will keep them warm whilst you are on the scooter. Even on the warmest of days, your hands can get extremely cold!
Ideally, you’ll have waterproof specialist gloves for the winter months and light-weight specialist gloves for the summer months.
Tips: There are no alternatives for motorcyclist gloves so use the specialist ones. Do not substitute with other types of gloves.
Protective Motorcycle Clothing
Currently, there are no laws around wearing protective clothing, however wearing it could save your life! We encourage all our customers to take measures for safer scooter riding.
Ideally, you should be wearing a specialist armoured motorcycle jacket – heavyweight in the winter and lightweight in the summer.
Wearing a reflective jacket or wearing a jacket with reflective strips should also be a priority. You want to be sure that you are seen on the road.
You can always add a hi-vis vest over your jacket for extra visibility on the road.
Wearing something strong on your legs is essential for safely travelling on your scooter.
There are plenty of options to choose from – motorcycle jeans or specialist motorcycle textiles trousers.
We do not advise wearing normal jeans, even if your commute is to the local shop as it’s just not worth the risk!
Wearing your regular trainers or shoes will just not cut it on a moped!
To keep your feet dry, warm and protected, you should purchase a pair of substantial leather boots.
Just think, if you drive through a puddle your feet will be freezing and the rest of your journey will be unpleasant.
A strong leather ankle boot or specialised motorcycle boots could also be purchased for extra ankle protection.
What does it all cost?
SCOOTER HIRE FEES
- 50cc scooter (from age 16), from £44 per week
- 125 cc scooter (from age 17), from £50 per week
- A helmet, jacket and gloves can be purchased as a set from £125 from us at Wheels to Work Silverstone.
Stay Safe on ALL Journeys!
* This does not apply to a follower of the Sikh religion while wearing a turban