Electric Bicycle Rules And Regulations
Remember the rules
Ensure Your Safety
Riding an electric bike can be a fun and exciting experience, but there are certain rules and regulations you need to follow. This is to ensure the safety of you, as a cyclist, and of those around you on pathways, trails, and pavements.
Using Electric Bikes On Beaches
In South Africa, there are no laws that prohibit you from using your electric bicycle on a beach. However, there are certain beaches which might be stricter about vehicles that exceed speeds of 25km/h. Should you encounter an issue, you can simply remove the battery and ride it as a normal bicycle.
Using An Electric Bike In A Cycling Event
Under the UCI and Cycling SA regulation, electric bicycles are not permitted to be used in sanctioned events. The events that are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa must abide by these rules and regulations.
An ebike rider has an advantage over other riders, and can be used by an event participant to influence the seeding for future events in road or mountain events, attain a podium, or even alter the overall outcome of the event.
Riding With A Helmet
It is illegal to ride any form of bicycle without a helmet in South Africa, this includes electric bicycles. You will need to wear a helmet for any type of terrain and for any distance, no matter how far it is from your starting destination.
Licenses 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.
Electric Bikes As Forms Of Transportation
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.
Lamps On Pedal Cycle
A pedal cycle should be fitted in front with a lamp emitting a white light, the intense part of the beam of which shall, when a pedal cycle is on a reasonably level road, strike the surface ahead at a distance of not less than three metres and not more than 30 metres. A pedal cycle may be fitted with one or more lamps emitting a red light directly to the rear.
Using An Electric Bike In A National Park
Electric bicycles can be used in some national parks, provided the park has made allowance for this. Parks such as the West Coast National Park allow for e-bikes to be ridden for tours and exploration, as does the Koeberg Nature Reserve.