eBikes And The Law – Frequently Asked Questions
Unsure about the legality of riding an eBike? Don’t worry, we have all the answers you need so you can speed up your commute to work and get exercise at the same time with our collection of fast electric bikes.
Electric Bikes And The Law - Frequently Asked Questions
How Fast Can An eBike Go? In order to be ridden on the road and cycle paths, an electric bike needs to be considered road legal. A road legal electric bike cannot provide pedal assistance above 25km/h (15.5 mph). Additionally, the power of the bicycle cannot exceed 250 watts. However, there are eBikes that can go above 15.5mph which are not compliant with the EAPC regulations. These need to be registered as a motor vehicle, need to be insured, taxed, and you’ll need a licence and motorcycle helmet. At Electric Bike World, we can create very fast electric bikes through our bespoke build service. In a previous build, we converted an Alpine Sport model from 250 watts to 1000 watts, which was powered by a specially built Panasonic 48V 20Ah unit; resulting in a seriously fast eBike. In a different bespoke build we built a customised folding bike with a top speed of 30mph!
Do I Need A License To Ride An Electric Bike? If an electric bike is considered road legal, you don’t need a licence, you don’t need to register it, and you don’t need to pay vehicle tax. This makes it a great choice for use in urban environments and off-road leisure cycling. Road legal electric bikes don’t require a licence to travel on roads and pathways where bicycles are allowed, so they’re ideal for commuters, you can take them on trains to significantly reduce the travel time to and from stations, you can ride them when carrying out errands, and with bikes such as the Life Cycle Strada GT which offers an effortless range over 80 miles, they can be great for delivery cyclists working in the gig economy.
Can Children Ride eBikes? In order to ride and electric bike, you need to be over the age of 14, as such children under this age cannot ride electric bikes on roads or cycle paths. However, as older teens can ride eBikes, this makes them a great choice for travelling to sixth form or college as whilst the electric bike’s motor provides pedal assistance, it still requires the cyclist to pedal, thus making it a great form of exercise.
What About Brexit?
In April 2015, UK legislation was harmonised with EU law which means that there could be a change to eBike regulations after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. However, until we leave in March 2019, it’s very clear what can and cannot be called an eBike and how and where an eBike can be used.
Getting Started In The Electric Bike Community
There are numerous reasons why people choose to join the electric biking hobby; the advantages are numerous: exercise, cost of fuel, tax, insurance, and more.
If you’re interested in joining the hobby, we recommend the Axcess Exmoor which has a variety of featuring making it highly advantageous for those new to the world of eBikes. Some of these features include automatic pedal assist that starts up when you begin to pedal and a thumb operated throttle to help you get going from a standing start. Additionally, if you’re concerned about overcharging the battery, the Axcess Exmoor is equipped with a battery charger that turns itself off when the battery is full, giving you peace of mind.
Get In Touch With Electric Bike World, A Team Of Electric Bike Specialists In Hampshire
As we are one of the oldest established solely eBike shops in the UK, you know that if you choose an eBike from our online store, you will receive both high quality service and products. Remember, our electric bikes will outperform all other road legal electric bikes in terms of speed, power, range, ease of use, backup and warranty.
If you have any questions regarding the bikes that are available from our online store or if you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff, our team will be happy to help.
To speak to us, please call 02380 236 540, our lines are open 9.00 – 5.00 Monday to Saturday. If you would prefer to get in touch with our team in person, please visit us in store, our Hampshire eBike shop is located at 54 Bedford place, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2DT.