Electric Bikes & Scooters - Legal Guide
There are laws surrounding the use of electric bikes and e-scooters in the UK. We have compiled the information into one place to make you aware of what there is to know before purchasing your electric bike or scooter.
Below is a clear and simple summary of the laws, so that you know how to use your electric bike/scooter safely and legally.
E Bikes, sometimes referred to as pedal assisted bikes, do not require insurance or a license. The limit to the motor on public roads is 250W, some e bikes have settings that exceed this limit which are only to be used off-road. The speed limit for e bikes on the road is 15.5mph.
Additionally, electric bikes:
- DO NOT require a license
- DO NOT require insurance or registration
- Riders must be a minimum of 14 years old
- On public roads, motors should be limited to 250W
- Helmets are not mandatory
Under current UK law, electric scooters are illegal to ride on public roads. They are only to be used on private land. There are potential changes to this law in future, Pedal & Chain will update this page to indicate any changes to this law.
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Last updated: July 1, 2021