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Do you need a licence for an Electric Bike in South Africa?

When you are looking at buying an electric bicycle, one of the first questions you probably have is, “Do you need a licence for an electric bicycle?” Because it is propelled by an electric motor, you might assume that you need a licence – after all, it is much more than just a simple bicycle, right? 

Luckily, the answer is no, but there are some regulations that come into play with this statement. The electric bicycle laws in South Africa are largely positive for those who prefer to get from A to B using a more technologically advanced bicycle, and in this piece, we outline the rules and regulations of licensing for electric bicycles.

Do I Need A Licence For An Electric Bike?

According to regulations set out by the South African government, a licence for an electric bicycle is not required, as long as it looks like a bicycle, weighs less than 40kg, and does not exceed a continuous 250W power level, as well as having pedals as the main means of propulsion. Your electric bicycle should also not exceed a maximum speed of 25mph or 32km/h.

Electric bikes are perfectly safe to use on the roads, meaning that their not being licensed is not an issue. If you are more adventurous and venture off road with an off-road electric bike, the power of your electric bicycle can be increased without the worry of needing a licence.

When you use an electric bicycle, you still need to abide by the rules of bicycling: wearing a helmet and not going onto motorways.


Is An Electric Bike A Legal Form Of Transportation?

Now that you know the answer to, “Do you need a licence for an electric bicycle?”, the next common question is, “Is an electric bike legal?” The answer, of course, is yes. Ezy Bike’s electric bicycle range meets both the South African Standard SANS 311/2007 as well as the European Standard EN15194:2012 and an EN15194:2012 compliance certificate is issued with each bike. 

These regulations state that the motor power on PAS mode must be 250W or less, that it must be fitted with a control which limits the maximum electric powered speed on PAS mode to 32km/h, and that the electric bicycle must be fitted with all the safety equipment that normal bicycles have. 

Our bicycles also weigh less than 40kgs and look like a bicycle, with working pedals that are used as the principal mode of propulsion. By meeting these legal requirements, our electric bicycles are ideal for using on a daily basis.


Final Thoughts

If the question of needing a licence for an electric bicycle has been putting you off of starting your next big adventure, you no longer need to worry. With Ezy Bike, you are guaranteed to have a product that meets all the rules and regulations, while still providing an optimal riding experience. 

Never stop seeking mountains – contact Ezy Bike today to find out more about our products.

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