In this article, we will be taking a look in more detail at how to make a custom electric vehicle legal to be ridden on UK roads.
The average buyer of an electric vehicle (also called ‘EVs’) such as an electric bicycle, electric scooter or even an electric skateboard usually just wants to jump straight on to their new purchase and start having fun. They may not even realise that if their electric vehicle is over a certain wattage of power, then it may not actually be legal to be ridden on the UK’s public roads & highways – without first obtaining the correct legal paperwork, insurance and other documentation for it.
This article should be a real eye-opener for you as we delve deeper into this murky area of the law with a view to clarifying what you can and can’t do with your electric vehicle, as well as the steps you’ll need to take to make a high-powered vehicle road-legal in the UK.
Why make an electric vehicle road legal?
Current UK law regarding electric vehicles
The UK, in general, is taking steps towards boosting the use of electric vehicles within the UK.
Current UK law, as it stands prohibits you from riding any super-high-powered electric vehicles (as well as other forms of electric transportation) on the public roads without first at least purchasing (all the usual things you would need to be able to drive a car) insurance, vehicle tax and obtaining a number plate for your electric transport.