Can You Ride an Electric Bike If You’re Barred From Driving?

In recent years, electric bikes, or e-bikes, have gained popularity as a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to transportation. With their rising popularity, questions have emerged about the legality of riding an electric bike for individuals barred from driving in Maryland. Maryland State Law regulates e-bikes under MD Transp Code § 11-104 (2019), which classifies them as standard bicycles. As such, there are no licensing requirements for electric bicycles, and individuals barred from driving motor vehicles may opt to use this mode of transportation to get from place to place.

Riding an electric bicycle means you must abide by bicycle laws, including stopping at stop signs, following traffic laws, traveling in the direction of traffic, yielding to others sharing the road, and more. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Hillel Traub can provide insight into the regulations surrounding e-bike usage in the state if an individual has driving restrictions.

Understanding Types of Electric Bikes in Maryland

Maryland defines electric bikes as bicycles with completely operational pedals, a 750W motor, and a maximum speed of 28 mph on flat surfaces. Generally, electric bike motors must be designed to disengage at 28 mph.

The following are three classifications of electric bicycles in Maryland:

  • Class 1: Equipped with a pedal-assist-only motor that prevents the bike from reaching over 20 mph.
  • Class 2: Equipped with a motor to move and stop the bicycle when the bike reaches 20 mph.
  • Class 3: Equipped with a motor that supplies assistance when you are pedaling and halts when you stop pedaling or when the bicycle reaches 28 mph.

Certain individuals in Maryland may face driving restrictions due to various reasons, such as license suspension, revocation, or disqualification. These restrictions could be a result of traffic violations, DUI convictions, medical conditions, or other legal issues. Speak with an experienced lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub to provide legal guidance if you have concerns about how driving restrictions may impact your ability to use an electric bicycle.

Can Barred Drivers Legally Ride Electric Bikes in Maryland?

Generally, individuals barred from driving are permitted to ride electric bikes in Maryland, as these vehicles are considered bicycles. However, there are some crucial points to consider:

  • Compliance with e-bike regulations: To be legally operated in Maryland, e-bikes must meet the state’s requirements, such as the maximum power and speed limits of 750W and 28 mph. Additionally, e-bikes must be equipped with operable pedals, and the rider must be 16 years old to ride a Class 3 electric bike.
  • Location restrictions: It is essential to be aware of local laws and regulations that may impose additional restrictions on e-bike usage. Some areas, such as parks and trails, may have their own rules regarding the use of this type of transportation.
  • Restrictions due to legal orders: In exceptional cases, an individual’s legal orders or probation terms may include specific on operating any type of vehicle, including electric bikes. In these instances, it’s vital to follow court orders to avoid further legal consequences.

For individuals barred from driving in Maryland, an electric bike can provide a convenient and eco-friendly alternative mode of transportation. However, it’s advisable to consult with experienced traffic violations lawyers to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and restrictions, providing peace of mind before you hit the road.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub Today

For individuals facing driving restrictions in Maryland, an electric bike can serve as a viable and lawful means of transportation. To navigate the complexities of electric bike laws and ensure compliance, seek the legal guidance of Attorney Hillel Traub. As a former lawyer for the MVA, he will advise you of your best legal options.

Contact us for a free consultation by calling (410) 580-1100 or filling out our contact form.