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E-bike rules in Northern Ireland brought up to speed with rest of the UK

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

Earlier this week the Northern Ireland Assembly announced the legalisation of the use of e-bikes (electrically assisted pedal cycles or EAPCs).

The move comes into force today and brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK, where e-bikes are exempt from the restrictions covering motorcycles as long as they comply with certain requirements restricting their power and speed. This means they can be ridden by anyone aged 14 years or over, anywhere that ordinary bicycles are allowed. This exemption had not been implemented in Northern Ireland before the Assembly was suspended in 2017, so anyone riding an e-bike was legally required to hold a moped licence, register and insure the bike and wear a crash helmet. Failure to comply with these rules left riders liable to a fine of up to £1,000. 

"This is a long overdue and most welcome announcement," said Joshua Murray, Cycling UK engagement officer for Northern Ireland. "At a time when we are all looking for safer and healthier alternatives to public transport, removing these regulations on e-bikes will make cycling accessible to many more people.

"E-bikes that meet the legal requirements for exemption are a safe and enjoyable way of getting around, which take the sting out of hills and allow people to get to work without running out of puff. Cutting this unnecessary red tape will help to ease pressure on public transport and reduce vehicle traffic while allowing social distancing, and provide a welcome boost to local cycle retailers."

The official info is available on the Northern Ireland Government services website here.

 

 

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