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Electric Bikes - The Law

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Happily, the UK harmonised it's legislation during 2015 to be consistent with European Legislation. This now provides a clear European wide definition of an Electric Bike, more formally known as a: "Pedelec" and often shortened to eBike.

As the name suggests, the modern Electric Bike combines Pedalling and Electrical Assistance.  In addition to the regulations for normal bikes, like having brakes etc, there are some further requirements that must be complied with to meet the "Pedelec" definition. In simple terms these are:

  • The Motor must not give more than 250w of help (Powered assistance)
  • The Powered assistance must cease at 25 KPH (15.6 MPH) 
  • You may only receive Powered Assistance when pedalling.

NB: This eliminates the older "Twist & Go" bikes from the Pedelec definition. It also removes the restriction on under 14's, who can now ride a Pedelec!

Rest assured, all Electric Bikes sold by Electric Bikes Sussex fully meet the European Legislation (EN15194) and are therefore formally Pedelecs.  

We strongly advise that you check this is true for any Electric Bike you're considering, as failure to do so, places you firmly on the wrong side of the Law. In the event of any accident, this could prove extremely costly.  Sadly, there are various myths aimed at selling you an illegal eBike. If you're in any doubt, please ask us, or your local Trading Standards Authority who will assist as appropriate. 

On a more positive note, the benefits of having a Pedelec are considerable and are leading to large numbers of people enjoying cycling again. This is great for individuals, their health and happiness, but is also great for Society with the reduction in pollution levels, easing of congestion and parking issues.

Get your Electric Bike now and join the revolution.  

Happy Cycling from the team at: Electric Bikes Sussex

 

1 comment

  • MARTIN LEE: April 15, 2017

    SINCE COLLECTING MY HAIBIKE FROM ELECTRIC BIKES SUSSEX ON THURSDAY I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH ITS HAS NOW OPENED ME UP TO A WORLD OF RIDING THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY DONE . I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT AND CANT KEEP OFF IT, SO GLAD IT WAS A BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND GIVING ME EVEN MORE TIME TO RIDE . EVEN WITHOUT THE ELECTRIC ASSIST THE BIKE IS AMAZING TO RIDE . THE STAFF AT ELECTRIC BIKES SUSSEX ARE SO HELPFUL AND VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE BIKES THEY SELL , COULD NOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH

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