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Autocycles Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an autocycle?
2. What type of license do I need to operate an autocycle?
3. Can I take my Class C driver’s skills test in an autocycle?
4. Can I take my Class M motorcycle driver’s skill test in an autocycle?
5. Do I need to wear a motorcycle helmet when driving an autocycle?
6. Are there any passenger restrictions when driving an autocycle?
7. Can I take a motorcycle safety course in an autocycle?

1. What is an autocycle?
An autocycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride. These vehicles typically have bucket seats, seat belts, a steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals similar to a car. Autocycles are registered as a motorcycle.

2. What type of license do I need to operate an autocycle?
The operator of an autocycle needs a Class C driver’s license to operate the vehicle. A motorcycle license (Class M) is not required.

3. Can I take my Class C driver’s skills test in an autocycle?
No, a Class C driver’s skills test must be taken in Class C passenger vehicle.

4. Can I take my Class M motorcycle driver’s skill test in an autocycle?
No. An autocycle, although considered a motorcycle by body type, drives very differently than a motorcycle and a Class M license is not needed to operate it.

5. Do I need to wear a motorcycle helmet when driving an autocycle? All motorcycle laws and regulations will apply to an autocycle, including the motorcycle helmet law. For more information about the helmet law in Pennsylvania, please see Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Fact Sheet.

6. Are there any passenger restrictions when driving an autocycle?
Yes. An operator of an autocycle may not carry a passenger who is under eight years old in the autocycle.

7. Can I take a motorcycle safety course in an autocycle?
Currently, there is no course available that could accommodate an autocycle.


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