Xbigman wrote:I'm sorry but thats rubbish.
The minute you alter any type approved component on an ebike its then no longer an ebike. It's actually quite clear cut if you make any attempt at all to understand the process of defining an ebike.
Its also absolutely clear cut that an ebike is legally an unpowered vehicle because of the restrictions placed on it, where as an escooter is legally a powered vehicle and can't be classed as anything else. The rules on them will therefore be different. Just because you can't see a difference doesn't mean there isn't one.
You're also confusing a lack of enforcement with lack of regulation. The authorities are making no attempt to stop shops openly derestricting ebikes, nor are they making any attempt at stopping shops selling escooters. Yes it's a mess, but it's a mess that no one wants to bother cleaning up. That is not a reason for a free for all.
Not rubbish at all.
You can make your own ebike and it's perfectly legal.
If you add an ebike kit to your bike you can do whatever you want to the bike just as you could when it was still a bike or you could make a bike to whatever form you fancied and stick a kit on that.
I see nothing that prevents any of that.
As for Micks point, if the ebike is of the 'older' variety or an older modified bicycle then the throttle can legitimately work which makes it a mechanically propelled vehicle.
Except of course it doesn't.
As I said plenty of loopholes and exclusions.