Electric Bikes And The UK: The Law

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You are either an owner of a fantastic electric bike or looking to join the e-bike revolution and keen to gain clarity on the applicable rules. Do not worry, we have made it easy for you to gain clarity!

Before we proceed with the UK government applicable laws on using an electric bike on public roads, we would like to offer you some helpful guidance:

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Always Follow The Law When Using An e-Bike
  • Safety first, always! It does not matter whether you use a conventional cycle (pedal power), or an e-bike (power-assist), always use an e-bike with caution. It is imperative to not only protect yourself, but equally important to also protect other road users.
  • Always follow the law! It never pays to break the law, in particular when it comes to road transportation. It does not matter what the circumstances are, always follow the law! Responsible riding is enjoyable riding!
  • Educate others: educate your family and friends on the law. Their safety is also your safety!

For those of you keen to learn more about e-bikes, follow the links below.

e-Bikes: The Rules

Yes, there are clear rules for using an electric bike (also known as a power-assisted electric bike) in the UK. The law is part of The Highway Code (road safety and vehicle rules). There are rules for zero-emission e-bike manufacturers and e-bike users. Below are the rules applicable to electric bike riders.

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iweech e-Bike Available Via e-zoomed (credit: iweech)
  • Age limit: 14 and over.
  • License: not required.
  • Insurance: not required.
  • Registration: does not need to be registered.
  • Taxed: does not need to be taxed.
  • Where can it be used: cycle paths and other areas designated for pedal bikes.
  • Maximum power of the motor: 250 watts.
  • Maximum speed: 15.5 mph (25 km/h).
  • Must be pedal-assist (assistance must stop once 15.5 mph speed is achieved).
  • Throttle allowed only up to walking speed.
  • Helmets: recommended but not mandatory.
  • The e-bike must display the legally required information either via a sticker or plate (either the battery’s voltage or the maximum speed of the e-bike).
  • An EPAC can have more than two-wheels (i.e. a tricycle).
  • An EPAC can be used in the same places as conventional cycles.

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Bikeability Offers Training Courses For New And Regular Cycle Users

1). Training

If you are new to cycling, we always recommend taking a short course on road safety. Bikeability is an organisation that helps train new and regular cycle users. The organisation offers a number of courses to help you cycle competently and with confidence.

2). Insurance

Even though e-bike insurance is not mandated by UK law, we recommend getting appropriate insurance to protect yourself and the e-bike!

3). Helmets

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Always wear appropriate protection gear, in particular a good quality helmet. Never ride an electric bike without a helmet!

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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