Thanks flecc, very interesting! Questionable as to why the response was so low though and not a statistical proof that people agree the laws are fair or reasonable. Does it show how little interest people had or how apathetic the British can be about actually having power over decisions. It would be hard to know. I suppose those who want too use ebikes for hauling things (not to go fast) must be a serious minority too.Back again Chris to specifically satisfy your interest with opinions.
From 2006 we had been pressurising the DfT on the whole gamut of e-bike legal matters, so eventually in 2011 the DfT decided on a public consultation on the issues. This was publicised widely in cycling circles, including this forum with well over 10,000 members at the time, the CTC and the trade. It was open for representations for 12 weeks but the response numbers were so poor that this was extended for late submissions.
Eventually only 35 members of the public responded from the whole of Great Britain, (Northern Ireland in the UK has transport devolved) showing just how little interest anyone had in changing the laws. I'm linking below the archived record of that consultation for you to read, since out of it came our current law revisions.
Out of interest do you believe the regulations for a registered ebike are reasonable or fair. And to pick my particular interest do you think they are reasonable for a someone who would be happy to abide by a speed limit but wants more power to move tools and cargo (I.e cycle deliveries, carpenters, gardeners etc etc.)?