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MEINERZHAGEN, Germany (October 19) – One of the main television channels in Germany told its viewers that dynamo lighting will no longer be compulsory when the new StVZO ruling comes into force on January 1, 2005. the TV program suggested that the battery would become legally sufficient as an energy source for bicycle lighting. Dynamo […]

MEINERZHAGEN, Germany (October 19) – One of the main television channels in Germany told its viewers that dynamo lighting will no longer be compulsory when the new StVZO ruling comes into force on January 1, 2005. the TV program suggested that the battery would become legally sufficient as an energy source for bicycle lighting. Dynamo manufacturer Busch & Müller informed its relations that the widely watched news item was in fact a misinterpretation, and that the dynamo will remain a compulsory part of any bicycle lighting system in Germany. The use of batteries is permitted, as long as there is a dynamo as a back-up the moment the battery runs out of steam, and that’s what is new. Road racing bicycles under 11 kg and mountainbikes under 13 kg are exempted; they must have lighting when used in the dark, but this may be fed by battery only.(OB)

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