‘End of Series’ Provisions Apply to Inventory of ‘Old’ Type Approved Speed Pedelecs
BRUSSELS, Belgium – As of January 1, 2018, the ‘old’ type approval (EU Directive 2002/24) for speed pedelecs has expired. E-bikes of this category must now comply to the type approval based on the EU 168/2013 regulations. It likely results in inventories of unsold speed pedelecs with a 2002/24 type approval which have no license plate and are unregistered. For that inventory ‘End of Series’ provisions have been made.
In this report we quoted Eugène Moerkerk. He is regulations specialist at the Dutch RAI industry association as well as type approval adviser at the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI). Moerkerk informed this trade journal on special provisions made for unsold 2002/24 type approved e-bikes such as speed pedelecs.
Unsold inventory of speed pedelecs
Regarding the inventory of unsold and 2002/24 type approved speed pedelecs Bike Europe’s January 4, 2018 report pointed to a “Remaining Stock Scheme” that has been set up in the Netherlands. This report furthered with “It’s unknown how other countries and their vehicle registration authorities are handling such unsold inventory of speed pedelecs with the 2002/24 type approval. It’s likely that manufacturers, importers or distributors have more information on such Remaining Stock Schemes.”
‘End of Series’ provisions
On what we reported regarding these Remaining Stock Schemes, type approval specialist Moerkerk said “This is not incorrect, but not complete. What has also to be taken into account here is that already in 2013 provisions have been made for this inventory of unsold 2002/24 type approved e-bikes. In a note of the European Commission to all EU member states is clearly stated that ‘End of Series’ provisions from Article 44 of Regulation (EU) 168/2013 apply.
This means that a manufacturer who wishes to benefit shall submit a request to the national authority of each Member State where the vehicles in question are to be made available on the market, registered or entered into service. And for those national requests CONEBI made an End-of-Series overview for its members.”
For more on these “Provisions applicable to end-of-series vehicles in the transition from Directive 2002/24/EC to Regulation (EU) No 168/2013,” see the European Commission pdf dated 3 March 2015 which is available for download on this page.