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EU Parliament Votes to Exempt Pedelecs From Motorbike Regulation

The new legislation means that all e-bikes with more than 250 watts, which are very popular in mountainous regions like South Germany, Switzerland and Austria have to be regarded as motorcycles including its type approval regulations as well as homologation procedures.

Published: 21-Nov-2012

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Yesterday afternoon the European Parliament voted on the new type approval legislation on two- and three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles. The Parliament decided to keep the original European Commission proposal: only pedelecs with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and 250 watts power will remain exempt from motorbike regulation.

Under current EU legislation, e-bikes, known officially as electronically power assisted cycles (EPACs) or pedelecs, are limited to 250 watts. They must propel the rider at no more than 25kph. The new legislation means that all e-bikes with more than 250 watts, which are very popular in mountainous regions like South Germany, Switzerland and Austria have to be regarded as motorcycles including its type approval regulations as well as homologation procedures.

‘Clear border line’
“We need a clear border line between what a bicycle is and what exceeds the definition of a ‘bicycle’,” explains Ceri Woolsgrove, ECF’s Road Safety Officer who regards the results of the voting as a success of ECF’s campaign, which has safeguarded the future of cycling investments. “This is important for clear decisions on the use of infrastructure and facilities for bicycles that authorities have to make on the international, national, regional and local level.”

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