- Oct 25, 2006
If you were correct the class is defined. The pedelec exemption is within the EU type approval order 2003/24/EC and its successor 168/2013 and the definition of a pedelec is spelled out in those documents exemption (h).It's my understanding that the Northern Ireland legislation exempting pedelecs is already in place, in fact has been since 1995. The issue is that the legislation refers to "an electrically assisted pedal cycle of such a class as may be so prescribed", however the class was never defined.
Here it is:
"(h) pedal cycles with pedal assistance which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of less than or equal to 250 W, where the output of the motor is cut off when the cyclist stops pedalling and is otherwise progressively reduced and finally cut off before the vehicle speed reaches 25 km/h."
However you cannot be fully correct for two reasons. Firstly your 1995 date precedes the two EU dates, so 168/2013 still has to be adopted. Secondly the 1983 EAPC regulation that you adopted in 1995 now has an amendment from 6th April 2015 that will also need to be adopted.
That's because the 1983 original EAPC regulation only allowed 200 watts and 250 watts is necessary now. It also didn't spell out that power depends on pedalling at the same time. In addition the amendment removed all weight limits and also extended pedelec permission beyond tricycles to quad bicycles.