350w motor, software limited to 250w Is this illegal in the UK?
I am considering buying one of these. However I have a quick question before I jump in!,
According to the newly revised & Current UK Government law on Electric bikes. Am I right in saying that this bike is illegal to ride (without tax/insurance/registration/helmet) in the UK because ts shipped with a 350w output capacity motor using a "software restriction"?
The requirements are:
the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts It must also display one item from each of the following:
the power output or manufacturer of the motor the battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike Where you can ride an EAPC
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.
Other kinds of electric bike
Any electric bike that doesn’t meet the EAPC rules needs to be registered and taxed. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.
The vehicle will also need to be ‘type approved’ to make sure it’s safe to use on the road."
So, if this is shipped with a motor with max power output of 350w, do I read that as a big no...unless I want a fine and impound fees?