I just talked to an ebike seller who stated that the law of 20mph only applies when using the motor by itself and that their bike when using pedal assist at 25+mph is fine...
However I am a bit confused as I have discovered that there are quite a few companies that make this claim. The one i spoke to was stationed in California and said it was compliant in California. However 406b section 3 states...
(3)Is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power is used to propel the motorized bicycle faster than 20 miles per hour.
This to me is still a bit confusing.... does this section of the law even prohibit a pedal assist of 1w if i were to go faster than 20mph?
So which is it? Is pedal assist legal or illegal above 20mph? and if it is illegal then what does it say about some of these businesses pedaling this stuff?(intended pun)
p.s. he also mentioned something about how the state or states were now looking more at the consumer safety regulation and making that the law of the road for ebikes. I highly doubt that one.
Thanks in advance for any of your responses