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Contrary to earlier reports the German road traffic regulations still do not allow battery operated bicycle lighting as of January 1st of this year. While the use of battery operated bicycle lighting has made a remarkable advance worldwide the German industry association (ZIV)

Dynamo Remains Required in Germany

BAD SODEN, Germany – Contrary to earlier reports the German road traffic regulations still do not allow battery operated bicycle lighting as of January 1st of this year.

While the use of battery operated bicycle lighting has made a remarkable advance worldwide the German industry association (ZIV) remains a strong supporter of dynamo operated lighting systems for bicycles.

According to ZIV all road bikes should be equipped with a dynamo as it is the most reliable source of energy which is available under all circumstances.

Under the current road traffic regulation only road racing bikes weighing less than 11 kilograms are admitted to carry battery operated lighting. Confusion was created by a report of the German traffic association ADAC. According to ADAC an amendment to allow battery operated lighting on all bike categories was discussed by all parties concerned at the Federal Ministry of Transport and was to be implemented by January 1st, 2010. This conclusion was premature and it was not included in the 2010 German road traffic regulations.

While ZIV is still strongly committed to the use of dynamo operated lighting for all bicycles, it has suggested to allow battery operated lighting for sports bikes, such as road racers as well as Mountainbikes under certain conditions.

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