rustguard wrote:apart from making the bike more expensive by forcing them to include a complicated governing switch, which would also would make the bike less reliable. you kill all markets except for the cyclist the one customer that isn't that interested in electric bikes because he can already pedal it himself.
This law is another stealth attack by lobbyist to stop alternative forms of transport gaining a foothold
That's an over-reaction. Adding a motor with driving gears is certainly adding complication to a bicycle. PUtting a governing mechanism on it, particularly for an electric motor, is a trivial addition.
There is a market that wants pedal assistance on bicycles, as overseas countries show. There is a market that wants power assistance only. The second market is served by the well-developed registered motor cycle provisions of the law. The RTA's proposals are for the pedal assistance market segment, which as the petrol powered speeding BSO's show, needs further refinement.