When I bought my ebike, quite a few years ago, it was OK to have a throttle in the UK but not on the continent. The law has now changed but:-
"Harmonisation with EU law has had an important effect on electric bikes with ‘twist and go’ throttles that can take the bike to full speed without any pedalling at all.
From January 1 2016, the only throttles legal within the UK’s EAPC legislation are those that assist the rider without pedalling up to a maximum speed of 6 km/h (3.7 mph) – i.e. starting assistance only.
If the rider is rolling – but not pedalling – faster than 6km/h, the throttle cuts off. If the cyclist pedals at the same time then the throttle can still assist up to the general limit of 15.5mph.
If you bought an ebike with a full-speed throttle before January 1 2016, don’t panic: those sold prior to this date are still considered as EAPC and do not require a registration or taxed. Practically, you could still buy one a ‘twist and go’ and not be fined, but it would have to have been produced or imported before January 1 2016."
On 13/02/2021 09:27:51, David Scholes via groups.io <scholesd@...> wrote:
Correction to spell checker
Sorry but escorted should read escooters.
On 13 Feb 2021, at 09:25, David Scholes via groups.io <scholesd@...> wrote:
Actually bicycles are subject to lots of regulations that escorted do not comply with eg must have pedals which work, cannot be sold with a throttle attached, lights, reflectors, brakes which cut off motor etc.
On 13 Feb 2021, at 08:32, Chris <chris_j_brooks@...> wrote:
It is an interesting point, but provide they have 250w or less and limited top speed of 14mph then they would be just like electric bikes, which again don't need insurance or licenses. However at least are on the road/cycle path and not going to run you down.
Yes, it is best if cyclists get insurance, but very few do as it goes against the view that cycling is a a cheap clean alternative.