Vermont State Electric Bike Laws

Vermont State Electric Bike Laws

How does Vermont define what an electric bike is?

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; and in itself is capable of producing a top speed of no more than 20 mph on a paved level surface when ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds.

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?

A person under 16 years of age can't ride a motor-assisted bicycle on a highway in Vermont.

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 bikes are not defined in Vermont and should be ridden in accordance with traditional bicycle laws. Bikes may be ridden on roadways, bike lanes and bike paths. Bicycles may not be ridden on sidewalks, interstates and turnpikes.

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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