UK Laws Applicable to Electric Bicycles

The Department for Transport has a fact sheet covering the main legal issues surrounding electric bikes or "Electrically assisted pedal cycles" to use the correct term.

Anyone driving a motor vehicle in the UK is, for example, obliged to register the vehicle, pay road tax and get appropriate insurance. An electric bike is NOT considered a motor vehicle, provided it meets certain criteria:

*60kg for tricycles or tandems
**250W for tricycles or tandems

Additional legal requirements for using an electric bike are:

External Resources for Further Reading

Overview of the relevant Construction & Use Regulations

Department of Transport Factsheet