Grove’s Bill Provides More Freedom for Bicyclists
4/29/2014
HARRISBURG – In an effort to simplify the laws for travelers trying to make the most of the newest technology, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) authored legislation, HB 213, to reclassify electric-assist bicycles. Today, the bill was passed by the House Transportation Committee as an amendment to another electric vehicle bill.

“Currently, Pennsylvania law classifies electric-assist bicycles as motorized pedal-cycles (mopeds) and requires them to be registered, insured and titled,” Grove said. “We are only one of five states that still regulate electric-assist bicycles to this degree. Consequently, those who own an electric-assist bicycle or those who are thinking about purchasing one find themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They cannot currently register the bike because it has no Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), yet several owners have been cited by law enforcement because the bikes have not been registered. This bill provides clarification so these riders can ride freely under the law”

Now part of House Bill 573, Grove’s legislation would establish a new definition in the Vehicle Code titled “Pedal-Cycle with Electric Assist.” Included in this definition are bicycles equipped with an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts/1 horsepower, weigh not more than 100 pounds, are capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph, and have operable pedals. The legislation also includes an age limit, stipulating that no person under the age of 16 shall operate a pedal-cycle with electric-assist.

There is ecological, energy, economic and health benefits derived from the use of electric-assist bicycles. Those benefits explain why more and more of these bicycles are being sold, and then operated on Pennsylvania roadways. Unfortunately, under current, law these bicycles are required to a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and need to be registered as a motor vehicle. Because of this fact, it is imperative that Pennsylvania correctly classify electric-assist bicycles and exempt them from the requirements of motor vehicles to provide more freedom to our residents.

The bill will soon face the full House.

For more information on Grove’s legislative goals visit www.repgrove.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
mstraub@pahousegop.com  
RepGrove.com / Facebook.com/RepSethGrove
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