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E-bikes must have number plates and insurance, MP says | UK News

MPs and industry experts called for e-bikes to have license plates and insurance to ensure pedestrian safety.

This is so that everything is regulated like other vehicles, since e-bikes can cause damage if they collide with a pedestrian.

E-bikes can weigh twice as much as regular bikes, and while most can’t travel faster than 15.5 mph by law, some have been modified to go much faster.

According to UK According to a government website, people as young as 14 years old can ride an e-bike as long as certain requirements are met.

The government website says: “These e-bikes are called ‘assisted electric bicycles’ (EAPCs.) You don’t need a license to ride one and it doesn’t need to be registered, taxed or insurance”.

However, many argue that electric bicycles are no longer safe.

On Friday June 9, a 15-year-old boy is riding an eclectic bike died in a collision with an ambulance after being tracked down by police in Salford.

Saul Cookson, 15, died in a collision with an ambulance.
boy's death

Police began tracking the boy riding the electric bike around 2pm on Friday, but were later forced to stop the chase due to obstacles in the way.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said shortly after the e-bike and a ambulance collision on Langworthy Road.

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Remembering the boy who died in an electric bicycle accident.

“The 15-year-old boy riding the e-bike died tragically,” police added.

In another incident, two teenage boys were killed in an e-bike crash in Ely earlier this year.

Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, I was riding an electric bicycle when the accident happened.

In 2018, a 56-year-old woman was said to be the first pedestrian in the UK to die after being hit by an electric bicycle in East London.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and an electric bicycle.

Sakine Cihan, from Dalston, was trying to cross the street when the collision occurred, and she was later declared died in hospital.

‘It’s fair that all users are treated equally’

Ian Stewart, Chairman of the Commons Transport Select Committee said more needs to be done to keep people talking.

Mr Stewart told the Mail on Sunday: “I don’t think these regulations are appropriate for new technologies.

“It’s not just e-bikes, there are problems with e-scooters and driver assistance/self-driving technology increasingly being incorporated into cars.”

Committee member Greg Smith told the newspaper: “With so many types of vehicles competing for road space, it is fair that all users are treated equally.

“E-bikes and e-scooters can reach significant speeds and damage other vehicles and injure people, thus subject to the same insurance requirements and tax obligations as car users.”

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

Tony Campbell, chief executive of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which represents the sector, has called for new laws to include anti-counterfeiting measures to ban e-bikes modified to have faster speeds. .

“We support the regulatory review because it is clearly outdated,” he added.

Read more from Sky News:
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In the hope of regulating and tightening measures around cycling – Cyclists in Italy will have to have license plates, numbers, insurance and wear a helmet under a law proposed by its government.

IDEA Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Matteo Salvini announced the measures on Wednesday (June 7) to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents.

Mr. Salvini has proposed changes to Italy’s Highway Code, including action on soft mobility vehicles such as bicycles and electric scooters.


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