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Northern Ireland finally in line with E-Bike legislation

169 days ago

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Due to some bizarre legal twist, to date Northern Ireland had not aligned its legislation for e-bikes with EU legislation. Whilst all member states, including all other UK nations, had equated electric bicycles with pedal assistance up to 25 lm/h and 250 W with conventional bicycles, Northern Ireland insisted on applying motorcycle terms of use.

As a result, e-bikers had to register their vehicle, they had to have a license and insurance and they had to wear a motorcycle helmet. Needless to say that the e-bike market in Northern Ireland did not really take off. In 2017, Halfords withdrew all e-bikes from the Northern Irish market.

Due to the deadlock in government formation, the problem could not be solved by law. Now that Northern Ireland has a government again and following the renewed interest in (e)cycling due to Corona, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon brought the correct(ed) e-bike legislation to the Northern Irish Assembly.

From now on, e-bikers in Northern Ireland are allowed to ride under the same conditions as conventional cyclists: without registration, license, insurance and helmet. Long overdue but better late than never, unless, of course, Brexit results in yet another bizarre twist in legislation.

Annick Roetynck

Annick is the Manager of LEVA-EU, with decades of experience in two-wheeled and light electric mobility.

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