Helmet Compulsion Coming for Speed E-Bikes

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands – It’s already decided for in the Netherlands; an obligation to wear a helmet when riding a speed e-bike. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure & Environment has announced this on the basis of an extensive study. The question is now whether more EU countries will do the same.
Speed e-bikes are considered mopeds according to EU regulations that go into force January 1, 2017. – Photo Bosch

The by the Dutch Minister referred to study comes to some interesting conclusions. Like the assertion that the benefits of speed e-bikes will encourage car drivers to make the switch. In particular as the speed e-bike is suited for covering long distances when commuting. It is estimated that 2.5 percent of all travelled kilometers by car, public transport as well as moped and scooter between 5 and 30 kilometers can be replaced by speed e-bike kilometers.

Potential speeds

On the basis of the potential speeds of this new e-bike category the Dutch Minister concludes that the speed e-bike is not to be exempted on what is prescribed for when riding on mopeds and scooters. Also because the speed pedelec is a moped according to EU regulations that go into force January 1, 2017.

Speed e-bikes are best sellers

From countries where helmet compulsory was introduced for cyclists it is known that this has been a reason not to use bikes any longer. The same will happen – though to a lesser extent – with the speed e-bike is expected. Whether other EU countries will also introduce the obligation to wear a helmet when riding a speed e-bike is not clear yet. What is clear tough is that speed e-bikes are best sellers in Holland where in the first quarter of the year sales increased sixfold to over 600 units.