E-bikes (electric bicycles) are allowed on Irish roads, subject to conditions:
|Pedal assistance only||The e-bike motor will only work while you turn the pedals. Once you stop turning the pedals, the motor will also stop.|
|No “throttle”||The e-bike must not be fitted with a “throttle”. Control of the power/speed is by pedalling only.|
|Maximum assistance speed of 25 km/h||You can cycle faster than 25 km/h, but the motor won’t assist you above this speed|
|Max continuous motor power of 250 W||Some e-bikes with higher than 250 W ratings are available, however these are not legal on Irish roads|
E-bikes that meet the above conditions are treated the same as ordinary bicycle under the law. This means:
- Insurance and road tax are not required
- You can use cycle lanes
- Follow the rules of the road as they apply to bicycles
All e-bikes in stock at Donegal E-bikes meet the conditions to be treated as ordinary bicycles under the law
What about e-bikes that don’t meet the rules?
E-bikes that break one of the above rules (e.g. they provide assistance above 25 km/h) are classed as mechanically propelled vehicles (MPVs) – like a moped. So you would need registration, motor tax, and insurance to cycle one on the road.
On the other hand, you’re free to cycle any e-bike on private land without registration.
Conclusion – E-bike Legality Ireland
All e-bikes in stock at Donegal E-Bikes are legal to cycle on Irish roads. They are governed by the same rules as ordinary bicycles.
Can you take an e-bike on holiday? (Rules in other counties)
Rules on e-bikes are generally the same across the EU. So feel free to take your e-bike with you when visiting other EU countries.
UK rules on e-bikes are also a lot like the EU rules, but with a minimum age requirement of 14 years old.
Do you have to wear a helmet for e-bikes in Ireland?
Just like ordinary bikes, you’re not legally required to wear a helmet while cycling an ebike in Ireland
Are you obliged to use cycle lanes, where provided?
Yes, if a cycle lane is provided, you are legally obliged to use it while cycling your ebike.
Is it possible to get my e-bike insured?
While insurance is not legally required, you can still choose to get insurance if you want the added peace of mind.
Insurance for e-bikes is relatively inexpensive
Where can I lean more about the rules of the road for e-bikes in Ireland?
Citizens Information has more information on the rule of the road for cyclists (including those using e-bikes).
Dominic maintains the Donegal Ebikes website. He enjoys mountain biking, and previously worked as a bicycle mechanic for Ireland by Bike.