Electric bike riders in Northern Ireland need a motorcycle licence

By Patrick McDonnell

Any cyclist riding an electric bicycle in Northern Ireland (NI) without a proper licence could face fines up to £1,000. The Department for Infrastructure said that anyone who owns an electric bike (e-bike) in NI must have a motorcyclelicence.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where such a requirement applies. Legislation to change the law on e-bikes is stalled as the Northern Ireland Assembly is not currently sitting.

Consequently electric bikes in the province needs to be insured, taxed and registered with the DVLA. Riders are also required to wear a crash helmet…

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