What is a power-assisted bicycle?
A power assisted bicycle is a pedal cycle with a motor attached to help the rider. The attached motor (or motors) may provide up to 200 Watts of assistance.
Road rules for power-assisted bicycles
Riders do not require a driverís licence, motor vehicle registration or compulsory third party insurance.
Riders are bound by the same rules as other bicycles, including the
need for the rider to wear a helmet
Differences between a power-assisted bicycle and a motorcycle
At first glance some motorbikes with pedals look similar to power-assisted bicycles. The main differences are speed, pedal crank spacing, weight, seat position, seat shape and gearing.
A good rule of thumb is that if the main means of propulsion is by pedal power and the motor produces 200 Watts or less then it is a power-assisted pedal cycle.
If the main source of power is the motor then it is a motor vehicle and operating it requires a driverís licence and registration.
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