Germany Adopts New Regulations for Bicycles and E-Bikes
BAD SODEN, Germany – Germany’s industry association ZIV reports that after many years of negotiations and discussions the requirements for bicycles and e-bikes in the German road traffic regulations, also known as the ‘StVZO’ were finally adapted to current technical possibilities.
In the new regulations bicycles and 25 km/h e-bikes with and without a start-up aid are equal. Extensive changes have also been made in the regulations concerning bicycle lighting. From now on bicycle front and rear lights may be equipped with additional functions such as daytime running lights, driving lights and brake lights.
Industry welcomes amendments
In addition, indicators on tricycles and four wheel driven cycles or those with a hood in which the driver’s hand sign is partially or completely hidden are permitted. Finally also the requirements for lighting technology on bicycle trailers were included in the StVZO.
“The ZIV welcomes the amendments adopted by the Federal Council in the StVZO,” said Siegfried Neuberger, CEO of the ZIV. “In the future, bicycles, e-bikes and bicycle lighting manufacturers will be able to provide customers a whole range of new functions which will help to improve road safety.”