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Do you need a licence for an electric bike?

As well as wanting to know how fast electric bikes go, how far e-bikes can go and how to ride one, often one of the most commonly asked questions is ‘do you need a licence to ride an electric bike’.

Electric bikes, also known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’, do not need a license. As the electric bikes legal pedal assistance limit is up to 15.5mph, a licence is not required in order to be able to ride one. Neither does your e-bike need to be registered, taxed or insured, and it will not require an MOT, or for the rider to wear a helmet during use.

What licence do I need for an electric bike?

In the UK, you are not required to have a licence for an electric bike. If you are over the age of 14 and you live in England, Scotland or Wales, as long as the e-bike meets certain requirements, you are able to ride an electric bike.

However, in Northern Ireland, electric bikes are classed as motorbikes. This means that they don’t follow the same rules as England, Scotland and Wales, and residents of Northern Ireland who want to ride an electric bike must own a moped licence in order to be able to ride it. As well as this, they must also have registration plates and insurance. For more information on NI legislations around e-bikes, see GOV.uk for a detailed breakdown.

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Benefits of electric bikes

There are often incorrect connotations and myths around the fact that riding ebikes means you’re being lazy, and an ebike doesn’t provide you with enough capability to exercise properly. However, there are vast benefits of electric bikes that encourage many people to purchase an ebike each year – from health to environmental factors, learn the top advantages of buying ebikes today.

What are the advantages of electric bikes?

  • Health – one of the main factors to consider is the electric bike health benefits. Naturally, by riding a bicycle more often, this will increase your fitness levels and make you healthier. Riding a bicycle is also linked to having a positive effect on your emotional well-being, such as decreasing stress levels, improving sleep and reducing tiredness.
  • Mental health – not only do ebikes benefit your physical health, such as the increased exercise, but also provide mental health benefits, too. Providing a transition from A to B away from the humdrum of city can allow you to get more fresh air, build up confidence while riding and the increase in exercise levels correlates positively with improved mental health.
  • Environmental – an electric bike is a great way to get around cities and towns without using the pollution of petrol and diesel that you’d find by using a car. The environmental benefits of electric bikes mean that the your carbon footprint is reduced, as they do not release any gases to the atmosphere which motorbikes or cars would.
  • Easy to ride for any age – regardless of age or fitness ability, ebikes are easy to ride and provide a way of getting around for those who aren’t so fit or are suffering from illnesses. Ebikes are also great those for who don’t have the courage to travel far distances without getting tired, tying in with the fact that ebikes can be more inclusive for people of any age.
  • Reach destination faster – the ebike gives you the option to reach places a lot easier than you would by walking, or even by using a normal bicycle – as far distances may mean you get tired quicker.
  • Social – electric bike communities are available for you to meet like-minded people who enjoy using ebikes. Join up to go on tours and build new relationships with people who have similar interests to you.

Now you know the benefits of ebikes, you may be interested in purchasing one. Browse our selection of B4 E-Cruizer electric bikes to find the perfect one for you. Choose from All Black or Indian Red – alternatively, get in touch with a member of our helpful team for more information.