Written statement to Parliament

Electrically assisted pedal cycles

Responses on closer alignment of European and GB rules published and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle Regulations.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

I am today publishing the responses to a public consultation which sought views on proposals to provide closer alignment of GB regulations with European rules.

The consultation was launched on 5 January 2010 in conjunction with a related consultation on electric personal vehicles (EPVs) and ran until 30 March 2010. The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle Regulations were also included within the Retail and Road Transportation themes of the Red Tape Challenge which ran from April 7 to June 17 2011.

The department has considered the responses and supports recommendations to harmonise power limits (from 200 watts to 250 watts) with similar provisions in place across the EU - allowing consumers access to a wider range of electrically assisted cycles.

Regulatory proposals will be developed to update power limits and consider other amendments, for example on weight limits, once EU discussions on a much wider group of 2, 3 and light 4-wheeled vehicles conclude. The outcome of EU discussions could have implications for the regulation of EAPCs, and it would therefore be unhelpful to make amendments at this time which might need to be subsequently repealed.

A detailed summary of the responses to the consultation will be available in the libraries of both Houses and will be available on the department’s website

Published 12 January 2012