- Riding standards
You do not require training or a licence to ride an electric bicycle. To ride an electric moped you need to at least have a provisional licence and have completed Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) to ride one on the road.
Essentially that means there is a minimum age and standard you are required to meet to get on the road, keeping you and other road users safe.
- Insurance cover
You cannot ride an electric moped on UK roads without at least a basic level of moped insurance. That minimum level is Third Party Only insurance and it ensures that if you were to damage another vehicle or property, or injure another road user, there would be some insurance there to cover the costs.
You can ride an electric bicycle without insurance cover. So if you injure another road user or damage another vehicle or property, there’s no insurance in place to cover the costs.
Electric mopeds require a valid MOT to ride legally on UK roads, which is a bit like a safety blanket.
An MOT is a test that basically makes sure your vehicle isn’t a death trap and that over the next 12-months, it shouldn’t turn into one either.
Electric bicycles do not require an MOT, so, regardless of their condition, they can be ridden on the road.
- Safety gear
To ride an electric moped in the UK, you must wear a helmet, and as you may have guessed, you don’t on an electric bike.