The PWF article Electric bike ‘limits’…can we change the law? has attracted quite a few comments. One reader has been doing some research into the issue – read on for details. If you can add to the discussion, please do!
“I have recently been looking at the idea of travelling via ‘electric bike’ in city traffic. I have been to the local RTA of Victoria, to obtain more details. I have NOT seen any laws limiting the bike to 200 watts or maximum speed of 25 kmh. All one needs is a Car or Motor Cycle license.
Queensland is the only state in which a vehicle license is not required. I was under the impression, that even the basic electric Mopeds still require the rider to be licensed, in other states.
The newly released ‘Vectrix’ can travel at 100kmh, but costs $17,000.
EMC Australia will shortly be distributing some new models in the E-MAX range ; 140L, 110S, 90S. ( $3000 – $4000 ) The Engines are 1500w – 4000W, and can travel at 55 – 75 kmh. I would prefer to keep up with city traffic speeds, instead of being run over for being too slow.”