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.