Is your e-bike legal? Experts share their advice so you don’t break the law

E-bikes only continue to grow in popularity, but here’s how you can stay on the right side of the law (and protect your warranty)

Is your e-bike legal?
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The e-bike revolution continues to gather momentum around the world, but the rules governing power-assisted machines are strict - here’s how you can avoid breaking the law.

In the UK, the government has put in place legislation that separates and electric bike from a a moped or other motor-powered vehicle. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.