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February 2, 2023

E-bikes in the UK: Everything you need to know

If you're considering an electric bike, you may have some questions about the legal requirements for owning and using one. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about electric bike laws in the UK.

Are electric bikes legal in the UK?

Yes, electric bikes are legal in the UK, provided they meet certain criteria. E-bikes must have a maximum power output of 250 watts and should not be able to assist the rider beyond 15.5 mph. Here at DASH, all of our e-bikes are chosen to meet these guidelines, ensuring they are fully road legal.

Do I need to register an electric bike with the DVLA?

No, electric bikes do not need to be registered with the DVLA. As such, you do not need a licence to ride one, however you do need to be above 14 years of age. Additionally, electric bikes are exempt from road tax, like traditional bikes, allowing you to save money if you swap your car for a DASH e-bike.

Do I have to insure an electric bike?

Although it is not a legal requirement, here at DASH we include insurance with all of our e-bikes to cover theft, vandalism and accidents. We also include servicing and repairs to ensure your e-bike is road-worthy and safe to ride.

Where can I ride an electric bike?

You can ride your e-bike on any road, cycle path, or bridleway in the UK, provided it meets the criteria mentioned above, subject to local restrictions. In the past two years there has been over £100m invested in cycle lanes across the UK. With these improvements, using an e-bike will be safer and easier, and cut down your journey time vs using a car, especially in populated areas.

What is the legal speed limit for electric bikes?

The legal speed limit for electric bikes in the UK is 15.5 mph (25 km/h). This is the maximum speed that the electric motor can reach. When you exceed 15.5 mph you won’t have any assistance but your e-bike can exceed this speed with some leg power, or if you’re travelling down hill.

At DASH, we understand that navigating the legalities of electric bikes can be confusing. This is why we only stock e-bikes that meet the above criteria, and offer them in a flexible, all-inclusive subscription package, including a helmet, lock, and insurance. We stock premium brands like VanMoof, Brompton, and Cowboy at prices you can afford. To find out more see our bike page.

To read the government guidelines, see here.

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