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E-biker in DüsseldorfCarlton Reid

The European Commission will soon decide whether motorcyclists will need motor vehicle liability insurance. If the vote is adopted, these runners without this insurance will ride illegally. The vote will take place on 22 January in the European Parliament.

The European Cyclists Federation, a Brussels-based bicycle advocacy organization, warns that the use and sale of e-bikes will suffer "significant damage" if such a law is adopted.

The proposal was originally included in a press release issued last May by the European Commission regarding the Motor Insurance Directive.

"The revision of the European directive on motor insurance threatens to impose compulsory insurance on all types of vehicles. [electrically power assisted cycles]," say it Head of Road Safety and Technical Policy of the European Cyclists Federation Ceri Woolsgrove.

He added: "Despite the hard work of ECF and its cycling partners to ensure that they are excluded from this directive, the European Commission proposal includes this obligation. This could cause considerable damage to the development of the European Union.[[[[electric assistance cycles, or EPAC]market and the use of these electrically assisted bicycles by cyclists from all over Europe."

The ECF and the cycle industry lobbied hard last year for the European Commission to amend the directive.

Two MEPs representing the S & D group (Socialists and Democrats) in the Transport Committee who decided the issue have proposed amendments that include EPACs in the scope of the Directive on the subject. automobile.

"We now have an urgent need … to contact MPs to encourage them to vote properly," said Woolsgrove.

The committee's decision is not Parliament's final decision, but generally, the commission's decisions are supported by all political groups when it comes to a full vote.

Last year, Adam Bodor, director of advocacy for the FEC, said that "liability insurance … would discourage millions of European citizens from using [electric bikes], undermining the efforts and investments of several Member States and the European Union to promote sustainable mobility. "

The Commission had decided that even low-power electric bicycles were covered by the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive.

In an explanatory introduction to the proposal, the European Commission stated that pedal-assisted cyclists should already have full motor insurance (not transport insurance, bicycle or individual insurance, but full motor insurance).

"With this text, the European Commission is trying to criminalize millions of electrically assisted cyclists, who almost all have other insurance and have actually banned the use of unattended bicycle, usually reserved for motor vehicles." said Bodor of ECF at the time.

An electric pedal bicycle with legal assistance is currently equipped with a battery-powered 250-watt power-assisted engine that stops at 25 km / h. It is activated only when the cyclist is pedaling and is considered a bike in other EU legislation (such as type approval – where they are excluded – the directive on driving licenses and most Member States' traffic rules).

The cycle industry and the ECF lobbied the Commission to establish a clear dividing line between a motor vehicle and an electric assisted bicycle. However, the Commission decided not to accept this solution and added electric motorcycles to motor vehicles.

A document quoted in the Commission's press release indicates that its "assessment has shown that new types of vehicles, such as electric bicycles (electric bicycles), segways, electric scooters, etc." already entered into the scope of the Directive, as interpreted by the Court of Justice in its case-law ".

He added: "The use of these new types of electric motor vehicles in circulation can cause accidents whose victims must be protected and promptly reimbursed."

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E-biker in DüsseldorfCarlton Reid

The European Commission will soon decide whether motorcyclists will need motor vehicle liability insurance. If the vote is adopted, these runners without this insurance will ride illegally. The vote will take place on 22 January in the European Parliament.

The European Cyclists' Federation, a Brussels-based cycle defense organization, warns that the use and sale of electric bicycles will suffer "substantial damage" if such a law is passed.

The proposal was originally included in a press release issued last May by the European Commission regarding the Motor Insurance Directive.

"The revision of the European directive on motor insurance threatens to impose compulsory insurance on all types of vehicles. [electrically power assisted cycles]"Said Ceri Woolsgrove, head of technical policies and road safety of the European Cyclists Federation.

He added: "Despite the hard work of ECF and its cycling partners to ensure that they are excluded from this directive, the European Commission proposal includes this obligation. This could cause considerable damage to the development of the European Union. [electrically power assisted cycles, or EPAC] market and the use of these electrically assisted bicycles by cyclists from all over Europe. "

The ECF and the cycle industry lobbied hard last year for the European Commission to amend the directive.

Two MEPs representing the S & D group (Socialists and Democrats) in the Transport Committee who decided the issue have proposed amendments that include EPACs in the scope of the Directive on the subject. automobile.

"We now have an urgent need (…) to contact MEPs to encourage them to vote properly," said Woolsgrove.

The committee's decision is not Parliament's final decision, but generally, the commission's decisions are supported by all political groups when it comes to a full vote.

Last year, CTF Advocacy Director Adam Bodor stated that "liability insurance … would discourage millions of European citizens from using [electric bikes], undermining the efforts and investments of several Member States and the European Union to promote sustainable mobility. "

The Commission had decided that even low-power electric bicycles were covered by the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive.

In an explanatory introduction to the proposal, the European Commission stated that pedal-assisted cyclists should already have full motor insurance (not transport insurance, bicycle or individual insurance, but full motor insurance).

"With this text, the European Commission is trying to criminalize millions of users of electrically assisted bicycles, who almost all possess other insurance and who have actually banned the use of pedelec without insurance usually reserved for vehicles with engine, "said Bodor of ECF at the time.

An electric pedal bicycle with legal assistance is currently equipped with a battery-powered 250-watt power-assisted engine that stops at 25 km / h. It is activated only when the cyclist is pedaling and is considered a bike in other EU legislation (such as type approval – where they are excluded – the directive on driving licenses and most Member States' traffic rules).

The cycle industry and the ECF lobbied the Commission to establish a clear dividing line between a motor vehicle and an electric assisted bicycle. However, the Commission decided not to accept this solution and added electric motorcycles to motor vehicles.

A document quoted in the Commission's press release indicates that its "assessment has shown that new types of vehicles, such as electric bicycles (electric bicycles), segways, electric scooters, etc." already entered into the scope of the Directive, as interpreted by the Court of Justice in its case-law ".

He added: "The use of these new types of electric motor vehicles in traffic can lead to accidents whose victims must be protected and promptly reimbursed."