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Approved by both Houses of Parliament
1st July 1983
Laid before Parliament
8th July 1983
Coming into Operation
12th August 1983
The Secretary of State for Transport, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 103(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967(1) and section 193(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1972(2), now vested in him(3), and of all other enabling powers, and after consultation with representative organisations in accordance with section 107(2) of the said Act of 1967 and with section 199(2) of the said Act of 1972, hereby makes the following Regulations:—
1. (1) These Regulations shall come into operation 14 days after the date on which they are approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.
(2) These Regulations may be cited as the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983.
2. In these Regulations—
“continuous rated output”
“kerbside weight”, in relation to an electrically assisted pedal cycle, means
“nominal voltage” means
“the 1971 British Standard” means
“tandem bicycle” means
3. The class of electrically assisted pedal cycles prescribed for the purposes of section 103 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967 and section 193 of the Road Traffic Act 1972 consists of bicycles or tricycles which comply with the requirements specified in Regulation 4 below.
4. The requirements referred to in Regulation 3 above are that the vehicle shall:—
(a)have a kerbside weight not exceeding—
(i)in the case of a bicycle, other than a tandem bicycle, 40 kilograms, and
(ii)in the case of a tandem bicycle and a tricycle, 60 kilograms;
(b)be fitted with pedals by means of which it is capable of being propelled; and
(c)be fitted with no motor other than an electric motor which—
(i)has a continuous rated output which, when installed in the vehicle with the nominal voltage supplied, does not exceed—
(A)in the case of a bicycle, other than a tandem bicycle, 0.2 kilowatts,
(B)in the case of a tandem bicycle and a tricycle, 0.25 kilowatts; and
(ii)cannot propel the vehicle when it is travelling at more than 15 miles per hour.
Secretary of State for Transport
1st July 1983
1. These Regulations are made pursuant to section 24 of the Transport Act 1981 (which has been brought into force by the Transport Act 1981 (Commencement No. 9) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/576 (c.16))). That section provided for the addition to section 103 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1967 (by virtue of which certain vehicles are not treated as motor vehicles for the purposes of that Act) and section 193 of the Road Traffic Act 1972 (by virtue of which certain vehicles are not treated as motor vehicles for the purposes of that Act) of an electrically assisted pedal cycle of such class as may be prescribed by regulations.
2. By Regulation 3 of these Regulations the class of electrically assisted pedal cycles prescribed for the purposes of section 103 of the 1967 Act and section 193 of the 1972 Act are vehicles which comply with the requirements specified in Regulation 4. Certain terms used in these Regulations are defined in Regulation 2.
3. Copies of the British Standard, referred to in Regulation 2, are available from the British Standards Institution at 101 Pentonville Road, London N1 9ND.
section 103(1) of which Act has been amended by section 24 of the Transport Act 1981 (c. 56).
section 193(1) of which Act has been amended by section 24 of the Transport Act 1981.
As regards by S.I. 1970/1681, 1979/571 and 1981/238 and as regards by S.I. 1979/571 and 1981/238.
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