Electric bikes: licensing, tax and insurance
Rules in England, Scotland and Wales
You can ride an electric bike in England, Scotland and Wales if you’re 14 or over, as long as it meets certain requirements.
These electric bikes are known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). You do not need a licence to ride one and it does not need to be registered, taxed or insured.
What counts as an EAPC
An EAPC must have pedals that can be used to propel it.
It must show either:
- the power output
- the manufacturer of the motor
It must also show either:
- the battery’s voltage
- the maximum speed of the bike
Its electric motor:
- must have a maximum power output of 250 watts
- should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph
An EAPC can have more than 2 wheels (eg, a tricycle).
Our DYU D2 & D3 bikes are classed as an EAPC.
Where you can ride
If a bike meets the EAPC requirements it’s classed as a normal pedal bike. This means you can ride it on cycle paths and anywhere else pedal bikes are allowed.
How to register your scooter for the UK roads.
A guide for how to fill out the V55 can be downloaded by clicking here
- Your scooter will be delivered with a EEC certificate of conformity and other documents required to register it.
- You send the following documents to the DVLA.
- Completed DVLA form V55/4 (V55 application can be download by clicking here)
- DVLA form V267 completed by us (declaration that scooter is new, you will receive from us already completed)
- DVLA form C&E 389 completed by us (you do not need to do anything with this apart from add your name & address)
- EEC certificate (You will receive this from us and do not need to do anything with it)
- Registration fee of £55
- Invoice (You will receive this from us)
- Proof of ID (This can only be driving license, passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate or decree and must be original)
- Proof of address (This can be an original utility bill, bank statement, medical card or council tax bill)
- 2-3 days later you should receive your UK registration number and tax disc.
- You take the registration number to a local garage and they will make you a number plate. It should not cost more than around £15. You can then use your scooter once the number plate is attached.
- 4 weeks later you should receive your actual registration document from the DVLA. These are needed if you want to sell the scooter etc so keep it safe.
If you have any questions you can ring us on 01706 223112.