In most European countries there is no lower age limit so anyone can legally ride a pedelec on public roads or where the public have access. These bikes do not comply with either the EU or UK law appertaining to EAPCs. They are considered motor vehicles under law and require type approval. It needs to display a number plate and carry an MOT certificate.
Any rider of such a vehicle must hold a current driving licence and keep to the laws appertaining to mopeds. Anyone found riding an electric bike with a motor larger than 250W rated power without the correct documentation is liable to be prosecuted by the police.
If the person riding such a vehicle has a current driving licence and is prosecuted, they will receive penalty points and may even be banned from driving any motor vehicle. Derestriction, off-road switches or modes and dongles The Department of Transport say that electric bikes fitted with off-road switches or modes, that enable a bikes motor to continue assisting to speeds beyond 15.5mph, do not comply with UK EAPC law. The term off-road suggests that these bikes can be ridden on parkland, forests or other places away from main roads, which isnt accurate. E-bikes with increased motor power (above 250w) or increased speed (with motor assistance not cutting out at 15.5mph) cannot be used legally as bicycles anywhere on land accessible by the public; when riding on private land you would need permission from the landowner. Specifically: To remain exempt from motor vehicle legislation, an electric bicycle must be fitted with pedals capable of propelling the bike and comply with the following: Power and Speed Maximum rated motor power 250W Maximum speed with power assistance 25kmh (15.5mph in the UK) Throttle control Twist and gos electric bikes manufactured with the capability of being powered by a throttle alone will require type approval from January 2016.
It is considered likely that larger manufacturers will type approve twist and gos before retailing. The new law will NOT be backdated so any bikes bought prior to January 2016 will not be affected as grandfather rights apply.
This is entirely separate to walk assist mode throttles that power the bike to a 6kmh top limit i. Walking speed, to help you push the bike along, which are not affected by this law update. The item "1200W / Electric Bike 4 Fat Tyre Mountain bike 48V E-Bike UK 17.4 ah LG" is in sale since Thursday, October 4, 2018. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bikes".The seller is "troyten666" and is located in Ebbw Vale. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.