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The electric bike that looks like a moped

Monday 17th June 2013

Dayun UK is promoting an electric bike which to all intents and purposes looks like a moped – but requires no insurance or licence, and can be ridden by anyone over the age of 14 years.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the £850 Dayun Electric Tandem Bike is not required to be registered, pay vehicle excise duty (road tax) or be insured as a motor vehicle.

The bike weighs 58kg with a 48V 250W motor. It has a top speed of 15mph, can travel 30 miles on each charge and comes with a two year warranty.

In Britain, the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC) regulations apply to certain bicycles, tandem bicycles or tricycles fitted with pedals by means of which they are capable of being propelled.

For the regulations to apply, the motor assistance must be provided by an electric motor and not by an internal combustion engine. The electric motor must not be able to propel the machine at more than 15mph.

Furthermore, the vehicle’s maximum kerbside weight (including batteries but without the rider) cannot exceed 40 kg (bicycle), 60 kg (tandem bicycle), and 60 kg (tricycle).

As the Dayun Electronic Tandem Bike complies with these requirements, it is not considered a motor vehicle.

Click here for more information about the bike.

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I have an electric moped no pedals, 30 mph max, do I need a licence?
Bryan. Durham

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I own a electric bike that looks like a moped and I've had people laugh at me on it but I don't care, at least I'm out and about and not stuck in a car polluting the environment.
Tuuketh brew, Preston

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+30

No longer available, also the law is changing in 2016.
Jo, Sussex

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I ride a 3speed aluminum alloy bike daily (am 70) & I NEVER ride major streets, or go thru MAJOR intersections, I USE one block over residential streets to avoid fast traffic. Wear bright clothing & have bright LED flashers & never have a problem. I am considering one of these. I've been stopped by police & sheriffs to COMPLEMENT me about how I can be seen over 1 block away in all directions at night. LIMA, Ohio I do not believe will hassle me IF I continue to be intelligent when I ride & not haughty or too foolish bold in heavy traffic.
Ronnie SeCoy - Lima, Allen County, Ohio

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This needs updating. Feb 2015: Max power for normal cycles (not only tandems) is now 250W, max speed 15.5 mph and no max kerb weight.
Kithmo, South Yorkshire.

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I have one of these eped bikes. Even though they are an awesome bit off kit and amazing for getting around town, I have had nothing but grief from the law, public and motorists who have no idea what they are. In 3 months of ownership I have been stopped 13 times by the police. Reasons include no number plate, riding on a pavement which was a designated cycle lane, no helmet, which is dumb but not a legality. I've also hit two pedestrians who just walked out in front off me because they couldn't hear me coming, both blamed me for been so quiet. And finally motorists who shout at me for going so slow, especially up hill. They would never shout at a normal cyclist, a tractor or someone on a horse. Personally I think they shouldn't be made to look like a motorised vehicle and should have there own definitive look so people are aware of what they are.
James. Falmouth Cornwall.

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These vehicles are an incredibly good move and for persons over 16 a rise to 20mph would be quite reasonable as in some countries. The whole thing is transport practical with minimum revenue cost.
Prof. C W Shaw, The Society of Teachers in Business Education. Lincolnshire

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+26

The comment above is incorrect, these are not restricted to 30 mph - if they were then you would need license tax mot etc - these bikes are restricted to 15 mph.
vinnie - earth

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Anything that encourages people to use environmentally friendly modes of transport should of course be actively encouraged. Whether this machine resembles a scooter or not is immaterial, it is an electrically assisted bicycle. It's classification as a tandem is indeed correct as the word tandem refers to the number and configuration of the number of people who can ride it at any given time, this being 2 sitting fore and aft. However, this is again somewhat irrelevant as a recent Department for Transport consultation ( Jan - Mar 2010 ) concluded that in order to fall in line with other EU countries legislation regarding EAPC's a recommendation should be made to increase the power to 250W and remove the weight restriction (currently 40Kg for a solo cycle 60Kgs for a tandem). In conclusion I feel extremely saddened that there are certain those who regard these machines in an unfavorable light, anything that cuts our city's intolerable congestion, reduces our carbon footprint and allows those who would otherwise struggle to achieve freedom and mobility, can in my view only be good thing.
Nicholas Bull, ePed electric scooters, Old Rectory Lodge, Belstone, Dartmoor EX20 1QY

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As a "Tandem" surely it should be fitted with two sets of pedals (as is the case in other eu countries) or do the regulations differ in the UK?
Kieth. Essex

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Don't forget that though many disregard this completely, say "pavement" but think "footpath", so neither pedal cycles or this Dayun EAPC are permitted on the footpath. Footpaths are for pedestrians unless specifically enabled as a cycleway, which would also be OK for an EAPC. This has nothing to do with speed. Of course, this Dayun is restricted to 15mph under EAPC law, not footpath law. Cyclists should pedal on the road, not on the footpath. By homologating this scooter as a tandem, Dayun have been very clever; this permits the extra power, and the extra weight allowance is used to provide a bigger heavy duty battery pack. This Dayun cycle (use cycle and not the word "vehicle", as it isn't), represents a very well thought out quality, value for money EAPC that looks like a proper lighweight scooter, and goes like a pedal cycle, but without the hard work. For those less fit or less able, or those without any form of licence, and riders above the age of 14, the Dayun is a true star buy.
Dave Webster; Midland Scooter Centre, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GG.

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+23

It's the same as any electrical assisted push bike. You look like a 49cc moped but, you don't move as quickly. Other road user may expect you to move quicker than 15mph and get annoyed. Not tax, insurance or registration. That's great.
John Mason-Morris

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I now need a motability scooter. I have had a test ride in one. 95% treat you respectfully. Occasionally you get ignored. Several shops don't have access. You can hear shop assistants moaning. I'd rather have one of these and get around the shop on crutches. It's got my vote and I just get treated the same as everyone else.
John Mason -Morris

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OK let me get this right.
A typical class 3 mobility scooter (which should be for invalids but seems to be used by anyone who wants to) can be used on the road up to 8 mph but if used on the pavement the law says that it has to be restricted to 4 mph. But we now have electric bikes that can be of similar size and weight as a small mobility scooter but can be ridden at up to 15mph anywhere a pedal bike is permitted. Surely that’s crazy.
Pat, Wales

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I have already told my two sons, aged 12 and 14, that they will not be allowed to ride 30mph restricted mopeds. Any motor vehicle that can only manage 30 as a top speed is downright dangerous. These things will be the same only more so.
Nick Elmslie, New Milton

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