If you’re buying an electric bike for Christmas you’ll be fine to use it in the UK.
But in the New Year, a bike with a “Twist and Go” throttle which will be reclassified by the DVLA as a motor vehicle. All electric bikes with motors more powerful than 250W (rated) will need to be registered and the rider must hold a current driving licence and abide by the laws relating to mopeds.
Pedal assisted bikes will be exempt from motor vehicle legislation, particularly if they use a motor of no more than 250 watts and the maximum speed they travel is 15.5 mph. These will be classed as a normal pedal bike and means you can ride or on cycle paths and anywhere else where pedal bikes are allowed.
These new rules are part of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles – EAPC – (Amendment) Regulations 2015. If you already have an electric bike then you don’t need to worry – the new regulations will not be backdated. To read more visit: https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules.
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