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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 22-08-2016, 21:09 Thread Starter
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Electric assist bikes

Are there any rules about the use of electric assist bikes abroad.
I've just bought a pro rider Folding bike as I'm getting old and knackered.
We also wanted to get one bike off the bike rack as two heavy hikes were above the weight limit for the new vans rear doors.
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I am not completely sure, but I think now in Spain it has to have pedals as an assist bike, or else it is classed as a scooter, which brings into play different laws.

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IT has pedals

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First time I took my electric bike to Spain I took the throttle lever off as I read that throttles are not allow there, since then I haven't as I have never notice the police the slightest bit interested in looking at bikes.........and the throttle can be very helpful to tired legs.
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I think the key point is that throttles are allowed in the EU but they aren't allowed to power the bike to it's maximum allowed speed of 25 kmph - there has to be some pedalling as well. UK regulations are now the same so all new bikes comply.

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The regulations concerning "Electrically ASSISTED Bikes" were changed a while ago so that NEW "Twist and go" bikes could no longer be sold BUT the legislation was NOT retrospective so doesnt cover mine (same make and model) because they are now about 5 years old. Now how I PROVE their age is of course another matter.

The only time this will become an issues I suspect is when someone gets seriously injured and the Police start looking CLOSELY !!!

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There was quite a long decent thread on this subject some months back IIRC

...and the general consensus was pretty much what Andy said above: don't worry but don't crash or injure anyone with Les Flics/Plod/other regional variant, around

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