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The European Commission has announced that e-bike riders without motor vehicles third-party liability insurance could be classes as riding illegally in the future. It looks like the decision is yet to become law but if it does, it would affect those riding pedal-assist e-bikes in Europe.
The European Commission claims that pedal-assisted cycles should already currently have full motor vehicle insurance, which reading between the lines, they appear to want in place to allow quick reimbursement of any person or property caused damage by an e-bike. Elsewhere the Commission's press release said that "The use of these new types of electric motor vehicles in traffic has the potential to cause accidents whose victims need to be protected and reimbursed swiftly."
Currently, street-legal pedal-assist e-bike has a 250-watt battery powered assisted motor which cuts out at 25 km/h. It is only activated when the cyclist pedals and is viewed as a bicycle in other EU legislation. This new law would place e-bikes in the same category as motorised vehicles instead.
There is, however, a proviso that will allow countries within the EU to exempt e-bikes from needing. motor third party liability insurance. The press release says "If Member States were to exempt them in this way, the national guarantee funds would bear the costs of reimbursing victims of accidents caused by these new types of vehicles."
This is far from a done deal though, the EC's recommendation has to be voted through by the European Parliament, something which could take many months.
Rachael is happiest on two wheels, she's been riding bikes for a good few years now after horses got too expensive! Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. She's been writing for a long as she's been riding and is equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories.