EU Industry Confederation Starts Discussion on E-Bike Insurance Proposal by EU Commission
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The Confederation for the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) has announced to immediately start discussions with the European Parliament and Council on the detrimental impact that the Commission’s proposal on e-bike insurance would have if it is going to be accepted.
CONEBI agrees with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) that if the Commission’s proposal becomes law, “Third-party liability insurance will discourage millions of European citizens to use e-bikes, undermine the efforts and investments of Member States as well as the ones of the European Union to promote sustainable mobility.”
‘Not considered motor vehicles’
CONEBI argues that “Although e-bikes have an element of electric power assist, this power assist is designed to complement rather than replace the main propulsion, which is by human muscle energy through manual pedalling: e-bike provide electrical assistance to the cyclist only while pedalling, up to a speed of 25km/h and that has maximum 250W. EPACs are excluded from the scope of the EU Type-Approval (Reg. EU 168/2013) because they are not considered, from a regulatory point of view, to be motor vehicles.
Jeopardize e-bike development
“If the Commission’s proposal is accepted by the European Parliament and the Council,” continues CONEBI, “It will put at risk thousands of jobs and jeopardize the development of a sector that has been able to invent one of the most appreciated means of transportation and leisure all over Europe. Two million e-bikes were sold in the European market in 2017: a strong contribution to transport’s decarbonisation that should be seriously taken into consideration.”
CONEBI, together with the European Cyclists’ Federation ECF, will immediately start the discussion with the European Parliament and the Council on the detrimental impact that the Commission’s proposal would have if the mentioned proposal is going to be accepted as such by the other EU co-legislators.