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Electric Bike - The In's and Out's!


Electric Bicycles are “electrically assisted pedal cycles” (or EAPC, or E-Bike, or Pedelec). If the bike has pedals that propel it; the electric motor won’t assist you when you’re travelling more than 25 km/h (15.5mph); and the power doesn’t exceed 250 watts:

  • It can be ridden on cycle paths
  • Must be over 14 years of age
  • Do not need a licence
  • No road tax required

You may find off-road bikes that can go faster than 15.5 mph by flicking a switch, but for UK law these are not compliant with EAPC regulations for on-road use.



What if an electric bike is faster than 15.5mph?


If an E-Bike is faster than 15.5mph, it is classed as a Speed-Pedelec, and the rules are very different:

  • Cannot be ridden on cycle paths
  • Must be approved via DVLA
  • You will need a driving licence to ride
  • Must have road tax
  • Must be Insured - minimum 'Third Party' 
  • You must wear a motorcycle helmet



What about throttle E-Bikes?


Most of our E-Bikes are not throttle driven, but those that are on the market must adhere to the following:

  • Not exceed 3.7mph (i.e. starting assistance only)
  • If rolling, but not pedalling faster than 3.7mph, the throttle cuts off
  • If pedalling, the rider will achieve assistance to the limit – 15.5mph
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