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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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago #
  5. Baldcyclist
    Member

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

    #ducks

    Posted 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago #
  13. chdot
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  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 6 days ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

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

    Posted 6 days ago #
  16. crowriver
    Member

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

    Posted 6 days ago #
  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    interest-free loans

    Not grants, then?

    Posted 6 days ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

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

    Posted 6 days 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 6 days ago #

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