Electric bicycles are currently limited by law in NSW to 200W power output (250W in Victoria). This is equal to around 1/4 horsepower, which is hardly enough power to ascend a moderately steep hill and which causes electric bikes to be a menace on the roads as they cannot even reach the speeds of normal cyclists who can often produce twice this power just by pedalling. Considering normal motorbikes have NO limit whatsoever on horsepower, this non-sensical law should be reviewed and the limit raised to at least something 2-3 kW (3-5 horsepower), still far less than a small petrol powered motorscooter however sufficient to propel the lighter electric bike at useable speeds.
This petition closed over 3 years ago
Especially in this day and age, when we are so desperately trying to save money, curb wastage of resources and go green where possible, together with the rising cost of registration and vehicle...
Especially in this day and age, when we are so desperately trying to save money, curb wastage of resources and go green where possible, together with the rising cost of registration and vehicle maintenance, this petition should be signed so that we have the same freedom to use these inexpensive vehicles as people in other countries. Many car makers are now producing very efficient and cost-effective electric bikes that if used, could reduce our traffic and the costs of transportation MARKEDLY, but at the moment, this law forces us to use petrol-powered cars and motorbikes and pay their continually increasing registration and insurance costs.
If there is any country in the world that could be considered successful in managing their roads and transport system, it is Japan and use of these vehicles is encouraged by the government there as it greatly relieves pollution and traffic congestion problems whilst also lowering the load on the public transport system.