UK Electric bike (ebike) Law

UK Electric bike (ebike) Law

Electric Bikes, or ebikes, are bicycles that have an electric motor to assist. The general legal term for them is “Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles” or EAPCs.

The laws surrounding using an ebike aren’t that much different from those for normal pedal cycles. However there are some specific rules that apply to electrically assisted pedal cycles:

    • Maximum power of the motor: 250 watts
    • Maximum assisted speed: 15.5 mph (25 km/h)
    • Must be pedal-assist (assistance must stop once 15.5 mph speed is achieved)
    • Throttle (twist and go) allowed only up to 3.7mph
    • Minimum Age Requirement: 14 and over
    • Driving License: not required
    • Insurance: not required
    • MOT: do not need an MOT
    • Registration: does not need to be registered
    • Road Tax: does not need to be taxed
    • Where can an ebike be used: an ebike can be used in the same places as conventional cycles, such as cycle paths
    • Helmets: not mandatory but recommended
    • The ebike must display either the battery’s voltage or the maximum speed of the e-bike via a sticker or plate
    • An ebike can have more than two-wheels, for example a tricycle

Read on for more detailed information regarding ebike law in the UK

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FAQs on ebike law in the UK

1. What is classed as an ebike?

2. How old do I have to be to ride an ebike?

3. Do I need to wear a helmet whilst using an ebike?

4. Do I need a licence to ride an ebike?

5. Do I need insurance to use an ebike?

6. Do ebikes require an MOT to use?

7. Can I ride an ebike on the pavement?

8. Can I ride an ebike on the road?

9. Can you get banned from driving if found using an ebike whilst drunk?

10. What is the maximum speed of an ebike?

11. What are “twist and go” throttles?

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