UK: Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC): Deregulation
The Department of Transport (UK) proposes to remove some restrictions placed on EAPC, by aligning the latest European classification and industry standards. The aim of these proposals is to widen the choice of vehicles for manufactures, retailers and consumers whilst maintaining and improving safety standards.
The proposed changes (see link to document below) include:
- The maximum motor power for standard bicycles is increased to 250 watts
- The electric assistance cut-off speed is amended to 15.5 mph
- All the weight limits are removed
- Vehicles with more than 3 wheels are permitted.
The consultation runs from 3 November to 8 December 2014. Please ensure you respond before the closing date.