The Law Governing Electric Bikes in the UK
The basic facts of eBike law in the UK
You don’t need a licence to drive an electric bicycle.
You don’t need to pay tax to own an eBike.
The motor should not be used to propel the bike at over 15mph when on roads.
Electric bicycles motor should not exceed a maximum motor power of 250W (EU) or 200W (UK), and 250W for tandems or tricycles (UK).
- New to 2016 – eBikes are no longer permitted with throttles. Users of our kits should fit throttles for off-road usage at their own discretion.
- As the eBike builder, the legality of the completed conversion is your responsibility. We cannot be held responsible for the use on-roads of a bike that has used non-legal components.
Beware of rogue sellers claiming that conversion kits with powerful 500W motors capable of more than 15mph are road legal because they can be “restricted”. If a motor is capable of more than 15mph, and the power is more than 500W, then it is not road legal – unless it has been set to perform only at 250W and 15mph at the factory and cannot be de-restricted without returnign to the factory.