Why are Gas Bikes and eBikes Different Legally?
Maylinn asked: I’m just curious what is the difference in the gas powered under 49cc bicycle motor assist and the electric one if everything on the bike works the same besides it being gas powered or electric? Another question I have is when did this law pass and take effect?
I don’t know when the law was passed. It was a long time ago. Perhaps a reader can assist?
There was an attempt to amend the statute to include gas assist bikes in the statutory definition of “bicycle” in the past. That amendment was not approved for many reasons, some of which are listed in this post. Please disregard the comments and most of the discussion in that post. At that time, there were a lot of unanswered questions about gas motor assist bikes and the DHSMV procedures.
Those questions were answered when the DHSMV published Procedure RS – 68, which can be seen here.
This post updated the information.