Posted by: KenN
Posted by: shoreboy
Posted by: bux-bux
The exceptions to this are pedal assist e-bikes that do NOT have a throttle and currently the stand up electric scooters are undergoing a 'trial' period in Vancouver and a few other municipalities.
Motorinos, Rad Power Bikes, One-Wheels, SmartWheels, electric skateboards and other variations of these are all illegal on public streets (in Vancouver at least) the way the laws are currently written.
Incorrect. Canada (and BC) only regulate the power (500 W) and motor cutout speed (32 km/h). There is no regulation as to whether an ebike can or can't have a throttle that allows the motor to work without pedaling.
From your last link:
Motor shut-off requirement
3 (1)A motor assisted cycle must be equipped with a mechanism, separate from the accelerator controller, that
(a)allows the driver to turn the motors on and off from a normal seated position while operating the motor assisted cycle, or
(b)prevents the motors from turning on or engaging before the motor assisted cycle attains a speed of 3 km/hr.
(2)The motors of a motor assisted cycle must turn off or disengage if
(a)the operator stops pedaling,
(b)an accelerator controller is released, or
(c)a brake is applied.
Throttles go against both of the items I have put in bold. A throttle allows the motor to engage from a stop, and the throttle allows the motor to continue working if the operator stops pedaling. I agree there is no specific verbiage that says throttles are a no-no, but having a throttle directly goes against those two criteria. This is also why I feel they need to update the laws to make everything a bit more clear.