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Cyclists demand law change over e-bikes

By Staff Reporter

Cyclists using electric bikes have called for a change to legislation in Northern Ireland to bring it into line with the rest of the UK.

It emerged earlier this week that cyclists here using electric bikes have to undergo testing, have insurance and a motorcycle licence.

Legislation around the use of e-bikes was changed in the UK in 1995, however the Northern Ireland Executive never updated the law.

It was also revealed that cyclists are not currently able to register an e-bike in Northern Ireland despite laws in place requiring it do so.

However, a statement from the Department for Infrastructure said the "technical issue" will be resolved and a registration service will be available from Monday.

Avid cyclist Janet Stevenson from Belfast, who has been using an e-bike since April this year following health problems, said that she had stopped cycling in fear of being handed penalty points.

"I have stopped using it as I never had points on my licence and don't want them for riding my e-bike," she said.

"The law is ridiculous and it needs addressed and updated so I can start using it again."

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