New rules on electric bikes with twist throttle

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  1. Andrew Harcourt says:

    Actually we have now bought an electric assisted bike, for my wife who has had a heart attack, so she can get exercise on it. We are currently in Holland with our two bikes on the back of the motorhome, enjoying riding round rivers and canals in forests. Her bike does not have a twist accelerator, it just adds electric assistance when pedalling, if the electric power is switched on. You can ride it just like an ordinary bike with no electric power, or select one of four different power assistance levels. You still have to pedal, you can’t just sit there and glide along. I think this is the purpose behind the new rules, otherwise you could just have a 1kW electric bike (and I have seen them advertised) which would do 50mph without insurance or any safety gear. We have just found a fantastic place to overnight, actually just inside the German border from Holland. It is a forest with lakes, rivers and cycle tracks that go on for miles and miles. The car park is free and is big enough for motorhomes, it is far superior to proper camp sites with all their regulations and fees.

  2. Richard Byles says:

    I am surprised that the DVLA have come up with this. Perhaps they wanted to get in before the powers that be in the EU created a mountain of paper standards and regulations for electric cycles. Still if we stay in then I am sure something will appear from the United States of Europe.

  3. Andrew Harcourt says:

    Here we go. Yet another committee convened to think up unnecessary laws which are designed purely to employ more people. I expect the legislation will cover one item but forget others, like the scooters. A pedal cyclist can do 40mph without adhering to any rules or have any insurance but stick an electric motor on it and all of a sudden the rider will need to have it registered, which means they will have to buy insurance, and an MOT when it is 3 years old. If they have to adhere to the same rules as a moped then the brakes, lights and horn will have to work, the steering and wheel bearings will have no wear, the rider will have to wear a BSI approved crash helmet and protective clothing, and the tyres will have to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, although bike tyres do not have that much when they are new. Of course the electrical connections will have to be tested for safety as well. Next they will be saying that you can’t apply for an MOT unless you have a receipt saying it has been serviced at an authorised dealer.

  4. Andy Culley says:

    It’s a shame that the powers that be have not used the time to look at the use of Pavement scooters (disabled scooters) In my experience in a seaside town where a lot of these machines are in use is that the “drivers” have far less consideration for anyone else than electric bike users.
    I am however rather glad that the regs for electric bikes are not retrospective as mine is a twist and go model (and I love it for the simple reason that it makes hills disappear)

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