The Laws Behind Electric Bikes

'Twist and Go’ Laws For Electric Bikes.

Looking to buy an Electric Bike? Then you need to pick the bike that is right for you and legal for your needs. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC) can have legal restrictions if they have a ‘Twist and Go’ function. Here are some of the rules and regulations.  

So, what counts as an EAPC?  

An EAPC must have pedals that can be used to propel it. The bike itself will show the power output, the manufacturer of the motor, the battery’s voltage and the maximum speed of the bike.  The motor itself must have a maximum power output of 250 watts and you should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph. If the bike meets these requirements, then this bike will be considered a typical bike.  

What makes the bike a twist and go?  

The bike can be propelled without pedalling and does not meet to the EAPC rules specified above. If your bike is considered a twist and go, you will need to be registered, insured and taxed (Vehicle Excise Duty) as a motor vehicle. You will need an appropriate driving licence and will have to wear a motorcycle safety helmet. Otherwise, the bike will be illegal to use on a public road, pavement, cycle lane or bridgeway. 

The shop will specify if the electric bike you are buying is an EAPC or a twist and go. 

However, if you don’t wish to register the bike, insure, tax or have an appropriate driving licence, you can still ride the electric bike in some locations.  They can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the landowner.   

What Axon Bikes are EAPC? 

What Axon Bikes are twist and go? 

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