Denis - I agree, but there're not all bad. I saw the local gamekeeper out this morning on his quad with three cockers/sprokers sitting in a box on the back But, perhaps, this is where they really belong.
Message posted by SusieM on 18 August 2011 at 2:28pm - IP Logged
I believe that you require a UK driving licence that includes group A1, to ride a machine of 50cc (moped or quad bike). Below is an abridged quote from the Greece travel advice section of the www.fco.gov.uk website. I have left the bit in about the requirement to wear crash helments in reference to SusieM's comment. For further information on the subject see the section entitled Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road Travel on the fco website:
"If you intend to hire a moped be aware that you would require a valid driving licence with at least category A1 - 'light motorcycle` for this purpose. Category P, which is valid in the UK for driving mopeds up to 50cc is not valid in Greece. Greek law requires you to wear a crash helmet on a scooter, moped or motorcycle. You may be arrested if you do not. Quad bike riders require a full-face helmet (or non-full-face helmet plus goggles) under Greek law. Road insurance and a motorcycle licence are also mandatory."
Message posted by MartynG on 18 August 2011 at 3:20pm - IP Logged
My understanding is that, as you have a UK car licence (now Cat "B") you will also be able to ride a moped in the UK (cat "P"). This should be stated on your licence.
For hiring in Greece, I believe the minimum licence is cat "A1" which covers machines above 50cc but below 125cc. (Sorry, as a full motorcycle licence holder since 1971 I'd forgotten the introduction of the new category.) On this basis, you shouldn't be able to hire a moped in Greece, but I confess that more research is required on my part.
Message posted by MartynG on 18 August 2011 at 3:59pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by SusieM on 18 August 2011
I thought these were banned in Europe?? They were all over the island last week and although some tourists drive them with respect the majority with no hats and all over the show.
The general position (certainly in the UK) is that virtually no manufacturer has "type approval" which permits quads to be used as road vehicles. The main exception to this is the Canadian manufacturer Bombadier, which has obtained such approval.
Thus, here in the UK quads can only be registered for road use as agricultural or horticultural vehicles, unless an owner applies for Single Vehicle Approval (SVA)
It would be interesting to see how the Greeks have applied this EU legislation - maybe they are harvesting tourists
Message posted by Elliemay on 18 August 2011 at 4:18pm - IP Logged
Thanks for that, I was under the impression that as I have had a driving licence since 1984, I was allowed to drive a moped/scooter up to 50cc. Best I look at my driving licence, an old green paper one as I have never updated it to a posh plastic card one as I don't drive.
Message posted by Denis O on 18 August 2011 at 6:34pm - IP Logged
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