Switzerland (which is not part of the EU) is a leader in speed e-bikes in Europe, liberalising standards and making it easier to obtain a licence to use 45 km/h e-bikes as an alternative to the usual 25 km/h e-bikes in the EU and the rest of the world.  Even if you had a compliant electric scooter, you would still have to comply with the regulations required by insurance, roadworthiness, vehicle tax, and helmet to legally ride an electric scooter on the road. Therefore, they are currently only allowed on private land (with the owner`s permission). If an e-bike meets the CPEA definition, it is legally treated as a normal and unsupported bike, although you must be at least 14 years old to ride an e-bike. The graduated classification system, which is adopted by many States, also sets this speed limit. This classification sets the legal limit for Class 1 and Class 2 bicycles at 20 miles per hour. Class 3 bikes are limited to speeds of up to 28 miles per hour. One question that arises when an electric bike bill appears or reappears is why they are illegal in the first place. Restaurant employees work long shifts, in all weathers and on all terrains, for very little money. Not all of them are young. Why would the city council put so much effort into taking away a tool that makes it easier for them? From a legal perspective, if an accident involving an e-bike occurs in a state where e-bike laws are unclear, that leaves room for a lot of debate between law enforcement, insurance regulators, and lawyers.
In the absence of explicit laws governing the behavior of electric cyclists, it is easy to argue that an electric cyclist was subject to a law or regulation that could have prevented the accident and did not follow it. However, the lack of clarity in the laws can also make it easier for an electric cyclist to justify a lane position, a choice of parking, or the absence of a driver`s license or insurance. If you have any questions about a specific case, please do not hesitate to contact us. If we don`t have a lawyer in our network who can help you, we`ll work with you to help you get what you need. While we all know that electric assistants are illegal in professional bike racing, see 60 Minutes Exploring Hidden Motors and Pro Cycling, many small local and state rides are promoting e-bikes to make their event more inclusive and accessible to a wide range of cyclists. Before signing up for an event or ride, it`s a good idea to check with the organizers if e-bikes are allowed at the event and what country- or event-specific rules or regulations apply. There are certain types of e-bicycles that do not fall under the legal definition of an EAPC. A local government entity responsible for a road or bicycle path (including the Ministry of Natural Resources in the case of state bicycle lanes) has the right to restrict the use of e-bikes if: the use is incompatible with the safety or general welfare of others; or the restriction is necessary to comply with the conditions of the legal agreements relating to the country on which a cycle path has been established. E-bikes are legal in Manitoba as long as certain conditions are met. The bicycle should not be designed in such a way that more than three wheels touch the ground, the engine should stop providing motive power if for some reason the bicycle exceeds 32 km / h, the engine should be less than 500 W, it should have working pedals, if it is operated by an accelerator valve, the engine stops immediately, provides the vehicle with propulsive power when the driver applies a brake, And if the driver exerts muscle power on the pedals, the engine immediately stops supplying the vehicle with motive power when the driver stops applying muscle power.
 The bicycle must also be equipped with either a mechanism to turn the electric motor on and off, which can be operated by the driver and, if the vehicle has a throttle, is disconnected from the throttle, or a mechanism to prevent the engine from engaging until the vehicle is travelling at 3 km/h or more.  You must also be at least 14 years old to ride an e-bike.  All other Manitoba cycling laws also apply. Electric bikes and electric scooters are the new rides in the neighborhood. For many, it is the micromobility revolution that will enable low-carbon, low-cost travel in cities. For others, they cheat. Or dangerous. Or illegally. E-bikes are considered motorcycles in Hong Kong and therefore require type approval from the Ministry of Transport, just like automobiles. Not all e-bikes available in Hong Kong meet the type approval requirements, and the Ministry of Transport has never issued a type approval for an e-bike, making all e-bikes illegal in Hong Kong.
Even if they received type approval, the driver would need a motorcycle license to drive.  By the way, Hong Kong does not have a class of mopeds (and therefore no moped licence), and mopeds are also considered motorcycles. My customers often ask me if I sell more powerful and faster electric bikes. Although the short answer is, yes, I`ve explained below why I think you should avoid them and what makes an electric bike legal/illegal to ride on UK roads. In spring 2020, the government conducted a consultation on the legalization of electric scooters, stating in the survey that it wanted to regulate electric scooters so that they would essentially be treated as e-bikes. That is, a low control bar that sets a maximum speed limit (12.5 mph or 15.5 mph or somewhere in between) and perhaps maximum power. There may be other design requirements, such as: the need to have a handlebar (excluding some other forms of micromobility). “Bicycles” and “electric bicycles” are legally defined in the Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Chapter 551 entitled “Use of Bicycles, Mopeds and Gaming Vehicles” in Subchapters A, B, C and D. According to Chapter 541.201 (24), “electric bicycle” means a bicycle that (A) can be propelled exclusively or in combination with human power by an electric motor, (B) without the application of human force, no speed greater than 20 miles per hour and (C) does not exceed a weight of 100 pounds.
The ministry or a local authority may not prohibit the use of an electric bicycle on a motorway mainly used by motor vehicles. The ministry or a local authority may prohibit the use of an e-bike on a public road primarily used by pedestrians. Despite the illegal status in New York State, enforcement of this law varies at the local level. New York City enforces the bicycle ban with fines and vehicle forfeiture for gas-activated e-bikes.  However, Mayor Bill de Blasio changed city policy to legalize pedal-assisted electric bikes, which have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.  In contrast, Tompkins County supports the use of e-bikes and even provides grants to fund e-bike sharing/rental projects.  Under Arizona law, motorized electric bicycles and tricycles that meet the definition of the current law are not subject to ownership, licensing, insurance or registration requirements and may be used on any road approved for use by conventional bicycles, including use in bicycle lanes integrated with motor vehicles.