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.

For more information on our selection of B4 E-Cruizer e-bikes, get in touch with a member of our expert team today. Alternatively, learn the benefits of e-bikes and why should you purchase an e-bike from E-Motion today.

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