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NI law change to promote e–bikes 5 February 2020

Stormont minister Mallon in legal push to encourage e–bike users (via Belfast Telegraph)

By Claire Williamson

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has confirmed she will bring forward legislation to encourage the use of electric bikes.

A law dating back to 1955 means that e–bikes in Northern Ireland are considered mopeds, and riders require a licence and insurance.

Those caught using them without the proper licence or insurance face being hit with six penalty points or a fine of up to £1,000. In the rest of the UK anyone over 14 can ride one without a licence, tax or insurance.

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