Legal - Are
Electric Bikes Legal
In the UK?
What are the main legal issues for electric bicycles being used on UK roads?
Electrically assisted bicycles are Road Legal in the UK provided:
The electric cycle weighs 40kg or less
The motor rating is not over 200 watts continuous power output
Powered speed does not exceed 15mph
The cycle has working pedals
Riders are aged 14 or over
Are Licenses, Insurance or MOT's required for Electric Bikes?
No - Unlike motor cycles there are no legal requirements for Insurance, MOT's, Licenses or Road Tax, provided the products meet the requirements outlined above.
Are motor cycle helmets needed?
No - The same rules and recommendations that apply to cycles apply to electrically assisted cycles.
Wearing a cycle helmet is recommended, but not a legal requirement for use on the road.
Speed limit - Is the Maximum speed 15mph?
No - This maximum only applies to the use of electric power; riders can travel beyond 15mph with pedal power alone.
A pedal sensor ensures that electrically assisted power is cut when speed exceeds 15mph.