Policies + Laws

 

On August 7, the United States Trade Representative announced that the round of tariff increases that includes e-bikes and e-bike motors has been approved. This means that tariffs on electric bicycles imported under Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) headings 8711.60.00 or 8711.90.01 will increase from zero to 25 percent. Tariffs on e-bike motors imported under HTS heading 8501.31.40 will increase from four percent to 29 percent. The tariffs will go into effect on August 23, 2018. Read more on our tariff resources page.

 

It can be daunting to sort through your state’s Motor Vehicle Code in order to figure out electric bike laws. Here are state by state guides and resources to help you pass a progressive e-bike law in your state to ensure that low-speed e-bikes are regulated similarly to traditional, human-powered bicycles. Each guide includes your state’s laws for the road and trails.

State by State E-Bike Guides

Alabama Hawaii Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota
Alaska Idaho Michigan New York Tennessee
Arizona Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North Dakota Utah
California Iowa Missouri Ohio Vermont
Colorado Kansas Montana Oklahoma Virginia
Connecticut Kentucky Nebraska Oregon Washington
Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Wisconsin
Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wyoming

National E-Bike Policy Information

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Vehicles that are not Class 1, 2, or 3 Electric Bicycles

The BPSA has developed this policy position on Out of Class Electric Vehicle (OCEVs).

The bicycle industry has created Class 1, 2, and 3 designations for Low Speed Electric Bicycles (LSEBs) to clarify and describe their respective capabilities, and to support the enactment of appropriate legislation and regulations regarding LSEB equipment and usage on transportation and recreational facilities. Class 1, 2 and 3 LSEBs are classified as “electric bicycles” by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and regulated by that agency under 16 C.F.R. Section 1512.

By definition, OCEVs are not LSEBs and should not be labeled, marketed, or sold as LSEBs. LSEBs should not be modified by retailers or consumers to exceed the specifications of their class as manufactured. The use of OCEVs on facilities designed and designated for the use of bicycles and LSEBs may result in user conflicts and jeopardize the BPSA’s ongoing efforts to promote uniform laws and gain wider acceptance and access for LSEBs.

Read the complete policy position here.

Read the media and messaging guide for this policy here.