Q&A - Motor Assisted Cycle Rules
Question: I run a small bike repair shop and I've noticed a trend in ebikes that is going against what we presume is the law. The current ebike laws are old and vague. There needs to be more direct and straightforward wording. Going back to school sales are now featuring ebikes with added child seats and high powered motors.
Buy your teenager an ebike to go to school this fall. Current laws say that ebikes are for a single rider and must be over 16 years old. The ebike industry is taking the lead and leaving the BC government far behind. It's time for them to set some direction.
Answer: Transport Canada has decided to change the way it regulates ebikes and will only be interested if the bike is faster than 32 km/h or "Is equipped with features that resemble on-road motorcycles or vehicles."
In order to be considered an ebike in BC, it has to comply with the Motor Assisted Cycle Regulation. If it doesn't, it's considered a motorcycle.
Since an ebike is also a cycle, the usual cycling rules apply as well.