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Austria: No Bike Without Bell and Lights

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VIENNA, Austria (May 2) – According to EU rule, cyclists are not permitted to use bicycles which do not comply with their national technical regulations on paved roads. In other words: the use of a mountain bike without lighting system, reflective materials and bell is officially not allowed on any EU road, notwithstanding the fact […]

VIENNA, Austria (May 2) – According to EU rule, cyclists are not permitted to use bicycles which do not comply with their national technical regulations on paved roads. In other words: the use of a mountain bike without lighting system, reflective materials and bell is officially not allowed on any EU road, notwithstanding the fact that the police have a passive attitude towards these infractions. That’s how things were in the EU-member-state Austria. But since 1 May this has changed. According to a new Austrian decree – people nickname it the bell decree – no dealer is allowed to sell any bicycle without bell and lighting system. The new decree even explains in detail how and where the red rear light has to be mounted and what luminous intensity both rear- and front lights must have. It also takes care about the color of the front light that “has to be white or light-yellow”. The new decree is subject to hefty discussion. The Austrian magazine “Mountainbike Revue” picked up the topic in its May issue. Consumers are not amused with the new rule. Only one bicycle category is exempt from the new rule: according to paragraph 4 road race bikes don’t have to be quipped with bell and lighting system. The paragraph explains in detail what a road race bike is. The Austrian dealership is not happy with the additional job imposed upon them. Their existing stock has to be adapted. Bicycle prices will rise, and consumers are getting fed up by ever-increasing prices, particularly during the season. (JB)

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