UK EAPC EBike Road Regulations
The UK EAPC EBike Road Regulations are straight forward enough.
You can ride an Electric Pedal Bike if you`re 14 or over, as long as the ebike meets certain requirements.
These electric bikes are known as `electrically assisted pedal cycles` ( EAPCs ).
It is recommended that the EAPC ebike rider is over 16.
You do not need a licence to ride one and bike needs no registration, tax nor insurance to be on UK roads.
So what counts as an EAPC Bike?
An EAPC must have pedals that can be used to propel it.
Also it must show either:
- the power output
- the manufacturer of the motor
It must also show either:
- the battery`s voltage
- the maximum speed of the bike
Its electric motor:
- must have a power rating of 250 watts
- should not be able to propel the bike when it`s travelling more than 15.5mph
An EAPC Ebike can have more than 2 wheels (for example, a tricycle).
Where you can ride EPAC legally?
If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it`s classed as a normal pedal bike even if it is a ebike.
This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed in the exact same way.
Here at Moor EBikes we state clearly the motor size and legal road status of each ebike we sell.
It is down to the responsibility of each ebike rider to remain safe and legal on UK roads.
UK Electric Moped EBike UK Road Regulations
UK Electric Moped Road Regulations are a little more complicated. Mopeds are electric powered by much bigger motors than the EAPC allows, they are not pedal assist they have no pedals.
Mopeds fall under the next category being electric mopeds restricted to 28mph (45kmh).
These can be thought of in a similar way to a Honda ST50 old twist & go petrol mopeds of old. As a moped, they can be ridden by any rider 16 or over who has either passed a CBT course or has category AM or P on their existing driver licence. These are classed as L1e-B. Car drivers who passed their test before February 2001 generally will have this category AM or P already on their licence. Or if you have a full motorcycle licence, and are not required to take a CBT course (please double check that this is the case).
Electric scooter moped/motorbikes that are capable of speeds in excess of 28mph / 45kmph are classed as L3e-A1.
There is no speed restriction however you must be 17 or above and have passed a CBT course OR have a full motorcycle licence. For complete full licence requirements see the government website here.