Vermont State Electric Bike Laws

Vermont State Electric Bike Laws

How does Vermont define what an electric bike is?

Vermont designates three classes of electric bicycles:

Class 1: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the electric bicycle reaches 20 mph.

Class 2: Bicycle equipped with a throttle-actuated motor, that ceases to provide assistance when the electric bicycle reaches 20 mph.

Class 3: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the electric bicycle reaches 28 mph

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in Vermont?

The state of Vermont does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.

What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in Vermont?

The state of Vermont (VT)  defines electric bikes as any bicycle or tricycle with fully operable pedals and equipped with a motor that has a power output of not more than 1,000w or 1.3 horsepower.

Are there any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in Vermont?

Persons under 16 years of age may not operate a Class 3 electric bicycle but they may ride as a passenger.

What are the laws around helmets in Vermont?

Helmets are required for bike riders under 16 years old.

What are the rules for riding on the road in Vermont?

Electric bicycles are regulated like bicycles. The same rules of the road apply to both electric bicycles and human-powered bicycles.

Disclaimer:

Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. EVELO strongly encourages checking with City, County, State and other local agencies for the most recent laws governing the proper, legal use of electric bicycles in your area. Electric bikes are prohibited on sidewalks.

Source:

Vermont Bike and Pedestrian 

Vermont Laws