Law Altering Electric-Assist Bicycle Regulations Takes Effect, Grove Says
HARRISBURG – With the use of electric-assist bicycles growing across Pennsylvania, 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. Today, Act 154 of 2014, which includes the language found in Grove’s bill, takes effect.

“These electric-assist bicycles are currently classified as motorized pedal-cycles (mopeds), which means they must be registered, insured and titled,” Grove said. “Only a few states in the nation require this level of regulation. Because of these regulations, those who want to own one of these vehicles 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. ”

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.

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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