Cyclists who use more than pedal power have tonight been told they can now get on their bikes without fear of a tax charge.
The Minister for the Environment Mr Dempsey declared that electrically-assisted bicycles were not liable for motor tax following a review of the status of the machines within the terms of Ireland's road traffic laws.
A spokesman said: "This is because the electric power of a 'pedelec' only assists the pedalling effort and is not a source of propulsion in its own right. On this basis, pedelecs are not subject to the legal requirements relating to compulsory insurance and road tax."
The minister made it clear that anyone who had been taxed ahead of clarification of the position was now entitled to a refund.
And all motor tax offices are being officially informed of the new position.