Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preventable E-Bike Type Approval Abuse

In a dramatic appeal to all MEP’s, ETRA urges them not to vote article 2.2(g) of the compromise text in the Proposal for Regulation (on the approval and market surveillance) of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles. That article stipulates that the Regulation does not apply to vehicles primarily intended for off-road use and designed to travel on unpaved surfaces. According to ETRA, this article is a permit for manufacturers of electric bicycles to circumvent type-approval and to put vehicles on the market with optimum functional danger levels rather than safety levels. ETRA also calls the article a permit for manufacturers to put vehicles on the market for irresponsible consumers who are only interested in speed and power output.  ETRA issues a stark warning that article 2.2(g) will produce serious safety risks.The compromisetext on the Proposal for Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles still needs to be formally debated and voted in a Plenary session. That is scheduled for Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November. Velo Mondial supports ETRA in their stance. Read on in Bike Europe


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