Please read before you buy an ebike or an escooter.
- Although a good quality check has been performed on all the products by the manufacturers there are very rare events where certain components may malfunction,this is covered by the manufacturers warranty for the first year.
- We highly recommend you do a full basic check before you ride your new Ebike / Scooter and familiarise yourself with the user manual and instrument cluster before use.
- We also recommend you do regular tyre pressure checks, brake and wheel alignment checks . If there is any unusual sound from the motor please Do Not Use itand see a bike repair center near you.
- Wheelies, jumping, stunts, 2 to 4 people riding on an Ebike or Scooter or any type of unlawful use is not recommended. Use of the throttle system if fitted is your own choice but we do not recommend using it on public roads or in any built up areas.
- We recommend a helmet and lights as a minimum requirement before you think of riding your Ebike or Scooter.
According to Revenue Tax & Duty Manual 05-01-01g: Chapter 7 – The provision of bikes and safety equipment (‘cycle to work scheme’) a Pedelec is described as:
A pedelec, or electric bike, is a bicycle or tricycle which is equipped with an electric motor (with a maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kilowatts) which cuts out when a speed of 25 kilometres is reached, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedalling the bicycle or tricycle.
To know more please go through the RSA website ( https://www.rsa.ie/road-
What is the law on eBikes, Pedelecs or battery powered scooters?
Regardless of the type of bike, its speed or whether it requires a push start, the rules are as follows:
· If it can be powered by mechanical or electrical power alone (i.e., it can continue without you pedalling or scooting it) then it is considered to be a ‘mechanically propelled vehicle’ (MPV).
· Under road traffic law if an MPV is used in a public place it is subject to all of the regulatory controls that apply to other vehicles i.e., it must be roadworthy, registered, taxed and insured.
· The driver of the vehicle must hold the appropriate driving licence and is obliged to wear a crash helmet.
What is a ‘mechanically propelled vehicle (MPV)’?
Under the Road Traffic Act 1961 at Section 3(1) (a) and (b) it is defined as ‘a vehicle intended or adapted for propulsion by mechanical means, including.
(a) a bicycle or tricycle with an attachment for propelling it by mechanical power, whether or not the attachment is being used,
(b) a vehicle the means of propulsion of which is electrical or partly electrical and partly mechanical, but not including a tramcar or other vehicle running on permanent rails.’
The bikes, despite having a push/pedal off to get the motor started, can propel themselves after starting and would not be considered a pedelec but would more likely be classed as an MPV and would not qualify based on that assertion for the Cycle to Work Scheme
We hope that this helps clear up the law for you but if you have any follow up on this please let us know.