Q&A - Motor Assisted Cycle Rules

Motor Assisted CycleQuestion: 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.

Operation of an ebike on the highway is prohibited by those younger than 16 years old. Remember, this is what a highway is

Since an ebike is also a cycle, the usual cycling rules apply as well.



link to the definition doesnt seem to work.

The key requirement for motor assisted cycles, to make it very simple, is if you dont have to pedal it, it doesnt meet the definition (“The motors of a motor assisted cycle must turn off or disengage if the operator stops pedaling...) I think the bicycle repair shop owner is correct, in that the regualtions for motor assisted cycles and limited speed motorcycles are outdated  and need to be reviewed to see how they can best address the small engine scooter and electric bicycle market now.

Fixed it!

Don't know why it was bad, but it was. Thanks for letting me know.

The Why is Important

This is often missing from a person's statement and is probably 80% of the discussion.

Why is it out of date in your opinion?

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