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"The electric bike is not a short-term trend"

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  1. chdot
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  2. 14Westfield
    Member

    https://www.bikebiz.com/news/bikes-need-3rd-part-insurance-in-eu

    EU Directive will require e-bikes to have specific motor-insurance..

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Trixie
    Member

    What a terrible idea.

    Since I use my e-bike as just a bike about 80% of the time, do I only need 20% insurance?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. Blueth
    Member

    As a result of the VNUK decision anything with a motor (golf trolley, kiddies toy cars, lawnmowers etc) will have to have third party insurance cover. Absolute nonsense, but in the context I don't see how a powered bicycle could or should be exempted.

    It just needs the Motor Insurance Directive to be reworded to prevent all this but since the demise of the main proponent in Europe nothing seems to be happening.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. Baldcyclist
    Member

    Finally, a silver lining (very very very thin one) to not being in the EU? ;)

    #ducks

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. Blueth
    Member

    You've forgotten that we have adopted wholesale the EU rules, almost the first move after the vote, and entirely negating one of the potential benefits.

    Changing that could be a lengthy process.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. Baldcyclist
    Member

    Indeed, but at the moment this hasn’t been adopted, it’s essentially still a recommendation.

    (Though I’d take this over Brexit)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    we have adopted wholesale the EU rules

    They haven't quite done that yet. Many a slip twixt draft and statute book too. Could yet just be a total free-for-all at 23h00 on 29/03/2019 with me driving about all drunk on an uninsured lawn mower shouting crazy stuff willy-nilly.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Ed1
    Member

    In northern Ireland electric bike users are meant to have insurance, helmet and registration but has anyone been prosecuted, would this law be taken any more seriously

    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/electric-bikes-electrically-assisted-pedal-cycles

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Blueth
    Member

    The VNUK decision is legally binding on the UK at the moment though we won't be given forever to bring it in to play (though the insurance industry thinks it is unworkable, strangely, given it is an open chequebook for them).

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. Ed1
    Member

    The vnuk May be legally binding in princple but not legislated yet in uk,the rules in Ni are already legislated but largely ignored.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin


    You need a motorcycle licence to ride any electric bike in Northern Ireland, and the bike must be registered, taxed and insured.

    Why?

    How did it come about??

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

  14. HankChief
    Member

    https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/13m-for-electric-bike-revolution-in-scotland/

    "Two new funds are being announced to encourage more people to start using electric bicycles, particularly for shorter journeys.

    The Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund will have £500,000 available for interest-free loans of up to £3,000 to help individuals and businesses purchase e-bikes and e-cargo bikes.

    The E-bike Grant Fund will allocate £700,000 for local authorities, public sector agencies, community organisations, colleges and universities to encourage large scale e-bike adoption. It is expected grants will fund e-bike pools, secure cycle parking and safety equipment.
    "

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

    @unhurt "...e-bike pools..."

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. crowriver
    Member

    Wow. Never thought I'd hear Fergus Ewing say such words. Must be the 'e' factor.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    interest-free loans

    Not grants, then?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Had a shot on @gembo's leccy steed. [Rule 2]. Game changer.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. neddie
    Member

    Interest-free loans on e-bikes, yet £5000 of free money for e-cars. 'Bout says it all really...

    Pathetic.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. chdot
    Admin

    "I have had Raleigh bikes all my life, I am now 62 in my youth I cycled around England and stayed in YouthHostels. During my middle years I moved away from cycling due to other commitments but now I am retired my thoughts turned to returning to cycling. I decide to purchase a new Raleigh bike as I felt the build quality far outweighed the cheap Chinese imports. After some deliberation I purchased a Rayleigh Pioneer E Bike. The bike is fantastic and has reintroduced me the world of cycling. I never realised how much I missed it and now do all my local travelling by bike."

    https://www.raleigh.co.uk/my-raleigh-my-story/johns-pioneer-electric/

    Think that this is an increasingly common experience.

    “build quality far outweighed the cheap Chinese imports”

    Of course cheap is the key word there.

    Don’t know where Raleigh makes it’s bikes these days, but it certainly isn’t Nottingham!

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  21. LaidBack
    Member

    Don't know about Raleigh...
    Dawes favour Cambodia now. Long gone are the days of classic Chinese Dawes models ;-)

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  22. chdot
    Admin

    Not just for older/unfit people.

    This is owned by 30ish mother - with extra assistance from 2 1/2 yo.

    Posted 1 week ago #

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