NI electric bike riders ‘must have licenses’

If you are someone who is riding a bike in Northern Ireland without a licence then you might face a fine up to 1000 euros and this has been revealed by the department of infrastructure. Anyone who wants to own this bike in Northern Ireland must have a motorcycle Licence.

This is the only area in the UK where the law says that you need to have a licence but you can have electric bike anywhere else without a licence. The Assembly is not sitting and that is the reason the law is not changing. Therefore, if you want to own a electric bike in UK then you need to to make sure that your bike is insured, text, registered with the DVLA.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where electric bike owners need motorcycle licences
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where electric bike owners need motorcycle licences

You will also need to wear a helmet to prevent disasters while crashing. If you do not comply with this law, the police told that you could be fined as well as get six penalty points. You could also be disqualified for riding a bicycle depending on the offence you have committed and depending on the judge as well.

All the bikes have small electric motors which can only travel distances between 40 to 60 miles and you can only go up to 15 miles per hour on an electric bike. If you are 14 years old then you can ride an electric bike anywhere in the UK but that by should meet a certain amount of Minimum requirements. You will not need a licence and not need to be registered, taxed or insured.

It was before 1995 that you had to have a licence, registration as well as pay taxes and get insurance because electrical bicycles were treated as mopeds. In 1995, the law was modified and the electrically assisted pedal bicycles were given exemption.

According to the department of infrastructure

The department was recently approached by Sustrans NI and the Bicycle Association of Great Britain seeking clarification of the legal requirements in NI.

“They were advised that EAPCs have never been exempted from licensing or registration requirements in NI and that those selling them here should highlight to any customers wishing to use these vehicles on public roads that they must register their vehicle through DVLA in Swansea.”

“Customers must also be made aware that they may have to pay vehicle excise duty and insure these vehicles.”

“Anyone found riding an EAPC in NI and not complying with one or more of the legal requirement could, theoretically, face a fine between £500 and £1,000 depending on the nature of the offence. However, no prosecutions have taken place.”

According to the police

until defined in law, an electric cycle should be regarded as a motor vehicle and hence requires insurance, tax, etc

The leader of the green party also agreed that the law was incredible and he said that bikes are closer to original bicycles than to motorcycles. He further said that he would be writing to the chief constable in order to apply the spirit of the law and the spirit of the law is not to prosecute people. He also so sad that this was something which could be sold if there was a functioning assembly and this is something which can be bought using the secondary legislation.

Conclusion: There are a good amount of laws and regulations in the UK but this is something which is not a trivial matter and should be handled because it could limit the citizens from using certain Technologies.We hope that matters reach a conclusion as soon as possible. Have a great day.