House Approves Bill to Alter Electric-Assist Bicycle Regulations, Grove Says
6/10/2014
HARRISBURG – As the use of electric-assist bicycles grows across the Commonwealth, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) authored legislation, previously known as House Bill 213, which would alter current state regulations and make these vehicles more accessible for consumers. On Monday, the House voted unanimously to pass House Bill 573, which includes Grove’s legislation to reclassify of these vehicles.

“These electric-assist bicycles are currently classified as motorized pedal-cycles (mopeds), which means they must be registered, insured and titled,” Grove said. “Pennsylvania is one of five states which require this degree of regulation. Because of this, people who want to purchase one of these bikes find themselves in a difficult situation. They cannot 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 would provide clarity so that these folks know they’re operating the bikes within the law. ”

Grove’s legislation creates 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, stating that no person under the age of 16 will be able to operate a pedal-cycle with electric-assist.

“There are a wide range of benefits which come from the use of electric-assist bicycles, including saving money and energy, along with helping out the environment,” Grove added. “These bicycles are becoming more popular, so it is now up to us as state lawmakers to alter state regulations in a commonsense fashion, so that more people can take advantage of these vehicles.”

House Bill 573 now moves onto the Senate for consideration. For more information on Grove’s legislative goals, visit repgrove.com or Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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