E-Bikes (EAPC - 'Electronically Assisted Pedal Cycles')
It is the responsibility of the buyer to be aware of the UK regulations.
If your E-Bike abides by UK Law then you CAN ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed. You do NOT need licensing, insurance or taxes.
What Makes An E-Bike An 'EAPC'?
- Must have a maximum power output of 250W
- Motor must not assist you above 15.5mph
- Must have pedals that can be used to propel the Bike
What If My E-Bike Is Over 250W?
If your bike has a maximum power output of more than 250W then it is NOT legally permitted on cycle paths, roads or anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed.
E-Bikes rated higher than 250W are for off-road use (with land owners permission) or private land.
E-Scooters are currently classed as ‘Powered Transporters’ by the government and fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. This means that it’s ILLEGAL to use them on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas - it would only be legal to use them on public roads if they could meet the same requirements as motor vehicles (e.g. in terms of insurance, tax, license, registration and vehicle construction). It is essential to wear a helmet when using an eScooter.