E-bikes can now be used on public roads without registration or licensing
Members of the public can now use e-bikes on public roads without the need for registration or licensing following new legislation approved at Stormont.
The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 was first announced in February and passed by MLAs last week.
Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon said the changes in the law are “an important step to encourage more people regardless of age or physical ability to take up cycling to improve their health and wellbeing which has taken on more importance since the outbreak of COVID-19”.
She added: “As we move towards the recovery phase of this emergency, using electric bikes to travel to work or for recreational purposes would provide an opportunity for people to consider an alternative way to travel or enjoy their daily exercise.
“I recently announced the creation of a Walking and Cycling Champion within my Department and a key role for them will be to ensure that we deliver our commitment to increase the percentage of journeys made by walking and cycling.
“By cutting down on traffic congestion, and reducing air pollution, we will also improve the quality of life for everyone in Northern Ireland.”