Ebike Regulations In British Columbia2019-03-02T02:23:28+00:00

Electric bicycles must not have an electric motor that is more powerful than 500 watts and not be able to travel faster than 32.km/h. They also must have fully operable pedals which means the engine must disengage when the operator stops pedaling. However, they are allowed to have an accelerator controller. Neither a driver’s license, vehicle registration, or insurance is required. The rider must wear a bicycle helmet.

Description

Combine bicycle pedal power with electric motor assistance.
To qualify, must be a Motor Assisted Cycle as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act and meet Motor Assisted Cycle Regulation criteria.

Power

Electric motor of 500 watts or less and bicycle-style pedals for manual propulsion.

Maximum speed

32 km/h on level ground without pedalling.

Vehicle registration, licensing and insurance

None required. (Insurance may be available under a homeowner’s policy.)

Driver

No driver’s license is needed.
You must be at least 16 years old.

Helmet

Must wear a bike helmet.

Rules of the road

Subject to the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle, such as obeying all traffic lights and control devices.
As well, bicycle safety rules should be followed.
See Section 183 of the Motor Vehicle Act: Rights and duties of operator of cycle.

Manufacturer’s label

As a condition of initial sale, all commercially manufactured MACs must have a label stating that the vehicle is a “power-assisted bicycle.”