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What qualifies as a MOFA?

Hi All,

I'm interested into buying a mofa, with this I mean something to move around the city and being able to go on all the velos/mofas ways.
My question is: What is exactly a MOFA? Only this kind of motorbikes with pedals or also scooters with small engine? 50cc 45kmph.

Many thanks for your answers.

If you also have a tip about a good model it is more than welcome.

Cheers.
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Re: What qualifies as a MOFA?

A MOFA has pedals a small scooter doesn't.
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What is exactly a MOFA? Only this kind of motorbikes with pedals or also scooters with small engine? 50cc 45kmph.
A Motorfahrrad (Mofa) is a vehicle which is classified as a Motorfahrrad, it normally has pedals. (Normally, as a Segway and a motorized wheelchair are also classified as a Mofa)
To legaly drive a Mofa you will need a License of Cat. M (but not for Segways and motorized whell chairs) or better.
Minnimum age for Cat. M is 14 years.

A scooter with a small engine 50 ccm and max. speed of 45 km/h is a small motorclye (It has no pedals).
To legaly drive such a scooter you need a License of Cat. A1 or better.
Minimum age for Cat. A1 (max. 50 ccm) is 16 years.

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Re: What qualifies as a MOFA?

I think if it has yellow plates so less than 45 km/h, but this is really a city decision so maybe look on the website. I would guess the plate is what matters as you can distinguish easily.
Yellow is mofas (like piaggio ciao) and i think scooters/50cc limited to 45 km/h like the old vespas i see around sometimes.
Remember this is something special in basel, it's not a national thing.
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No It is Fedaral law:

A true Mofa, combustion engine, pedals, etc. is limited to 30km/h
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Re: What qualifies as a MOFA?

OK, many thanks to all the answers. I believe I will go to the Basel police station and ask there as well.

Thanks and best.
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Re: What qualifies as a MOFA?

Mofa is short for Motorfahrrad, motorized bicycle.

The traditional meaning is a bicycle-like one-seated vehicle with pedals and a combustion engine of 50cm3 capacity with a 30km/h speed limit. A permit category M is required for these (minimum age 14 years).

However, things have changed over the last 10-20 years, partially due to the increased useability of electric motors. There are multiple additional categories these days, including scooters (up to 50cm3 but higher speed limit, driver license category A1u).

If you opt for an electric motor this vendor page gives a good overview, including required permits.
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