We get asked this question a lot: Do you need a licence for an Electric Bike in South Africa?
South African law (SABS 311/2007) defines that a bicycle that looks like a cycle, with its primary means of propulsion is by pedal, but has an electrical motor, not exceeding continuous 250w, for assistance, that cuts out at 25.4 kph, weighing less than 40 kg, IS A BICYCLE.
Hence, no drivers licence required, no age restriction, no vehicle licence, no roadworthy, etc. Riders must however comply with regulations relating to the use of bicycles on roads, cycle helmet, not permitted on motorways, etc.
EzyBike e-bikes comply with the legislation, while allowing riders the option, while riding off road, to increase power and speed.