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European Commission Proposes New <BR>e-Bike Category for Type Approval

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Last week the European Commission has published its long awaited proposal for the review of the type-approval legislation for mopeds and motorcycles which includes a new e-Bike category. One of the key issues which the Commission wanted to address

European Commission Proposes New <BR>e-Bike Category for Type Approval

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Last week the European Commission has published its long awaited proposal for the review of the type-approval legislation for mopeds and motorcycles which includes a new e-Bike category.

One of the key issues which the Commission wanted to address with its proposal was the lack of a legislative framework for vehicles fitted with new technologies. It was exactly in this context that the European Two-Wheeler Retailers Association (ETRA) had taken up the matter of e-Bikes with the Commission.

ETRA argued that e-Bikes could not be classified as mopeds and therefore needed to be taken into consideration separately. As a result of ETRA’s work, e-Bikes are now acknowledged in the proposal and integrated in the new categorisation.

ETRA is pleased with the fact that the proposal is finally out and that it recognises e-Bikes as vehicles that differ from mopeds and motorcycles. However, the proposal still leaves room for improvement. ETRA believes that the particularities of the e-Bike business have not been sufficiently taken into account. Even though the draft contains a new category for powered cycles, this category does not cater for all types of e-Bikes.

“The importance of this draft Regulation should not be underestimated”, announced ETRA in a statement. “It will determine whether in the next few years the e-Bike market will have the possibility to develop to the full. ETRA is now preparing for consultations with Parliament, Council and Commission that should eventually result in a Regulation that will allow the e-Bike business to achieve its full potential.”

 

 

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