If you have been charged and caught driving your motor vehicle under the influence, then you might have had your form of license suspended and been charged with a DUI.
As it is very risky to drive your motor vehicle around with a license suspension, you might need to look into alternatives to get to work and home on time, and while regular bikes are great, they are not quick, so that's where an electric bike comes in.
The good news is, as you don't need a license to ride an electric bike, you can drive one out on the roads even if you have a DUI.
To find out more about what happens if you get caught under the influence with your electric bike and when you might need a form of licence for your electric bike along with some safety tips for riding one, we have composed a short guide below to help you out.
Technically, if you are riding your regular bicycle while drunk, it is very unlikely you will be fined or caught as it is not classed as a motor vehicle, however, if you get caught as an electric bike rider, this might be a different story.
If you ride your electric bike drunk, there is a high chance you can be pulled over and receive an offence or warning, as many consider an e-bike a form of a motor vehicle. Driving your bike intoxicated would also be seen as a public intoxication issue, so it is unlikely you would get off lightly.
Overall, any impaired driving, whether it is on a normal bike or e-bike will be disapproved by the police on the road, so you really shouldn't risk it, especially if it is power-assisted bicycles.
In terms of points on your driving license none will be taken, as you do not need a bicycle rider license, however, in total, you can be fined up to £2,500 as an offence for the dangerous riding of your bike, this would not be classed as dangerous driving as the bike is not a car.
In the UK, you do not need a license to ride your electric bike, however, you should only ride your electric bike if you are over the age of 14, under 14 is not permitted in the UK.
For some other countries, a license may be required, and you also have to ensure that your bike is classed as a standard electric bike in the electric bike industry, if your electric bike goes faster than 15.5mph and exceeds the power of 250W it will not be classed as an e-bike and is not legal to run on the roads.
If you are not sure about whether or not you need to register or have a moped license for your electric bike it is always best to check with the local road laws or council just in case.
Electric bikes are fairly simple and easy to operate out the road, we don't recommend ever driving one under the influence, however, as the electric power of these bikes can cause you to lose control.
So as you can feel comfortable riding your electric bike and get the most out of it, we have listed our essential safety tips for taking your e-bike out on the road below.
Overall, you can ride an electric bike with a DUI offence as you do not need a driving license to ride with one, however, we would not recommend driving your bike under the influence ever as this could cause harm to other vehicles on the road or even pedestrians around.
Even without the risk of a licence suspension, you could still receive a hefty fine if you get caught riding your electric bike drunk. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is classed as an e-bike, you should check with your local authorities if it is legal to ride and follow the safety tips above to ensure you can be comfortable riding out on the road.