Rules & Regulations on E-Bikes & S-Pedelecs
In the June/July issue of print edition of Bike Europe we have tried to cover all aspects of electric bikes in this issue, varying from the latest (import) statistics to the latest in legislation.
There’s lots going on, with legislation in particular, especially the type-approval for speed pedelecs that have motors more powerful than 250 Watts – a segment of the e-bike market which is growing rapidly. The question however, is whether this growth is spurred by suppliers aware of all the legislation behind the products they offer?
Are they aware that each s-pedelec model that is sold in the EU 27 member states must have been type-approved and have all the documentation that goes with it, including a vehicle identification number and a certificate of conformity? I am sure that there are s-pedelecs on European roads that are not street legal.
The same goes for electric bicycles as well. Some time ago I saw an e-bike on offer at a local supermarket. I checked it out and saw that there wasn’t a single CE marking. The certificate of conformity wasn’t there either. Basic knowledge of the rules and regulation seems to be lacking.
Not only by ‘cowboy’ suppliers looking for a quick buck, but also at some renowned names in the industry – as the e-bike I saw at that supermarket was assembled by just such a company.