Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed news that the e-bikes legislation is to be placed before the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday 12th May) for final affirmation, following an intervention by the UUP MLA for East Antrim at an Infrastructure Committee meeting on 29th April in the Senate Chamber.
“At a recent Infrastructure Committee meeting (29/4/20), we discussed the item SR 2020-31 The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. The Statuary Rule has been widely supported, but it appeared that the final Assembly approval for the use of electric bikes was to be delayed. I spoke at the committee highlighting that electric bikes could assist commuters during the Coronavirus pandemic
and gained the support of the committee to write to the business office encouraging the early completion of the legislative process for this new Statuary Rule.
At present e-bike users in NI are legally required to have a Moped licence, register the E-bike with DVLA and have a licence plate. Regulations governing E-bikes in GB changed over four years ago.
I am pleased that following the final Assembly process in the Assembly chamber on Tuesday, we will be following the same guidance as exists in the rest of the UK and unnecessary beuacracy governing the use of E-Bikes in NI will come to an end.
The order paper for the Assembly Business tomorrow has the following motion is to be affirmed:
Executive Committee Business Motion: The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 Proposed: That the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 be affirmed.”
Roy Beggs, UUP MLA for East Antrim added “This rule change will assist and encourage the use of e-bikes and I thank the Infrastructure Committee and the Business Committee for backing me in trying to get the legislation through as soon as possible.