When driving is not always an option for a person with epilepsy (learn more about epilepsy and driving in Ontario by clicking here), and some people may wonder about electric bikes. You should discuss the safety implications related to operating an e-bike with your health care provider before making any decisions.
If your driver’s licence has been suspended, it is recommended that you discuss your situation with a lawyer before deciding to operate an e-bike.
Riding an e-bike comes with its own rules and regulations. It is important to familiarize yourself with them before operating an e-bike for your safety and the safety of others.
What do you need to operate an e-bike?
To operate an e-bike:
- No driver’s licence is required
- No written test is required
- No vehicle registration or plate is required
- No motor vehicle liability insurance is required
- All operators/riders/passengers must be 16 years of age and older
- All operators/riders/passengers on operating an e-bike are required to wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet
If my driver’s licence has been suspended, can I legally operate an e-bike?
It depends on the particular circumstances that lead to licence suspension. If you have a driving prohibition order related to a conviction under the Criminal Code of Canada, you cannot legally operate an e-bike. If your driver’s licence has been suspended under other circumstances, it is recommended that you discuss your situation with a licensed legal practitioner before deciding to operate an e-bike.
For more information
- About Electric Bicycles (“e-bikes”) – Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- E-bike FAQs – Ontario Ministry of Transportation