No law change for electric vehicles

The Government has said that regulations for using Electric Personal Vehicles (EPVs) on the roads will not change for vehicles that use the public roads and cycle tracks.

Owners of EPVs will still have to comply with road vehicle law requirements, meaning they need to make sure they havecar insurance, road tax and an appropriate licence.

Following a consultation process, which was introduced by the Labour Government, ministers from theDepartment for Transport said those EPVs which do not comply with road vehicle law requirements may be used on private land with the landowner's permission.

The consultation sought views on whether to allow such vehicles to use public roads and cycle tracks.

The Department for Transport said: "The department has considered the responses to this consultation but has no plans, at present, to change the requirements relating to EPVs.

"We are currently in discussions with the European Commission about new EU-wide rules on powered two-wheel vehicles and the outcome of these discussions may affect the future treatment of EPVs."

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