First certified speed pedelec helmets now available

On 13-1-2017 the first speed pedelec helmets have received a NTA 8776 certificate. This means that these helmets are officially suitable for use on a speed pedelec in the Netherlands.

So far,the NTA 8776 certificate is only valid in the Netherlands and the requirement for speed pedelec riders to use a NTA 8776 certified helmet is only applicable in this one member state. In Belgium for instance, speed pedelec riders are allowed to use a bicycle helmet.

On the NEN speed pedelec page you can find an overview of issued certificates and an overview of frequently asked questions concerning NTA 8776 helmets.

There are currently two certified helmets: Cratoni Vigor and Bontrager Rally Mips.

 

Certification of speed pedelec helmets for the Netherlands now possible

13-12-2016 – Following the publication of a Dutch standard for helmets for fast electric bicycles (45 km/h), NTA 8776, it is now possible to certify speed pedelec helmets to this standard both in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

In cooperation with an expert group, the Dutch standardization organization NEN has developed the certification scheme NCS 8776 in which requirements for certification bodies (CB’s) are written down to certify to NTA 8776. The CB’s, the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) in Brussels, Belgium and Telefication, in Zevenaar, the Netherlands have made a license agreement with NEN to certify to NCS 8776.

Mark approval

As from now, helmet manufacturers can contact one of the above mentioned CB’s to certify speed pedelec helmets. After a successful conformity assessment, the manufacturers achieve a certificate and can attach the accompanying mark of approval to the helmet. To be allowed on the Dutch market an attached mark of approval, as described in NTA 8776 Annex B, is mandatory. For the moment, this obligation only applies to the Netherlands. In Belgium for instance, speed pedelec users are allowed to wear a conventional bicycle helmet.

Expert group

The expert group that has developed NCS 8776 consists of: ABUS, Accell Group, BBB Cycling, Belgian Road Safety Institute, Bell Sports, CONEBI, Gazelle, KASK, MET Helmets, Pon, RAI Vereniging, Riese & Müller, TASS International, Telefication and TNO.

Availability

NTA 8776 and NCS 8776 are freely available for perusal. To view NTA 8776 register freely at NEN Connect. NTA 8766 is also available for purchase in the web shop.

More information

For questions or more information about certification www.nen.nl/speedpedelec. 

For questions about NTA 8776 and/or NCS 8776 please contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industry and Safety, telephone No. 0031 15 2 690 1380 or e-mail iv@nen.nl.

Are you ready for the new Type-Approval for Electric Bikes? Or are you still struggling?

AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force may have the answers you are looking for.

We are only a few weeks away from the definite application of the new type-approval system for electric bicycles. As of 1st January 2017, all new types of vehicles may only be type-approved on the basis of the Regulation 168/2013. From that date onwards, type-approval based on Directive 2002/24 will no longer be allowed.

Practically speaking, this means that all types of electric bicycles, which until the 31st December 2016 have been type-approved according to 2002/24, may still be sold. Their  type-approval remains valid until the manufacturer ends the production of the specific vehicle type. If the manufacturer brings a new type of vehicle on the market after 1st January 2017, this must be type-approved according to the legislation set out by Regulation 168/2013.

Type-approval is a legal obligation for all electric bicycles except those with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and a maximum continuous motor power of 250W. Bicycles with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and a power above 250W come under the type-approval in category L1e-A “powered cycles”, those with a speed above 25 km/h fall into category L1e-B “mopeds”. This is for instance the case for so-called speed pedelecs.

Type-approval is a legal obligation as a result of which the manufacturer has to have his vehicle type approved by a ‘technical service’. This is an organisation or a body accredited by the type-approval authority of a Member State as a testing laboratory, which is entitled to carry out the tests prescribed by the type-approval legislation in order to establish that the type complies with the law.

Type-approval does not only concern the vehicle as a whole but also many of its components. Consequently, if the manufacturer changes a component, which is regulated by type-approval by a different component, the approval of the original type is no longer valid and the manufacturer has to go through type-approval again. Also, retailers are not entitled to replace type-approved by non-type-approved or different components. They may only use identical type-approved components.

Once a vehicle type is approved, the manufacturer has to issue a “Certificate of Conformity” (COC), which has to be handed over to the consumer when the vehicle is being sold. The consumer needs this COC, for instance to obtain a numberplate for his vehicle. Also, the police is entitled to check the COC to establish whether the vehicle is legal.

Type-approval already applies since 2003. However, with the growing success of so-called speed pedelecs, it becomes apparent that quite a few electric bicycles have been sold without being type-approved. What’s more, manufacturers continue to sell electric bicycles, that should be type-approved, without COC simply because they have not been type-approved.

This is totally illegal and can have very grave consequences for the manufacturer, importer, distributor, dealer, etc. A number of countries, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, have recently taken initiatives to sort out the legal problems involving so-called speed pedelecs. One issue being that the vehicles have to be registered and fitted with a number plate. However, this is only possible if the consumer can present a COC.

In many cases, the consumers simply don’t have a COC and manufacturers/distributors/retailers play dumb. These consumers have the right to hold them responsible for selling an illegal vehicle. They are entitled to demand for the manufacturer to take back the vehicle and ask for compensation. Alternatively, the manufacturer can still take measures to remedy his breach of the law.

AVERE LEV-TF believes that the sales of illegal electric bicycles may eventually put off consumers and thus jeopardize this promising market. That is why AVERE LEV-TF continuously informs the LEV-sector on this issue and assists companies with advice and concrete answers to their questions.

  • Have you sold speed pedelecs without type-approval?
  • Do you need information on technical services?
  • Do you need information/advice on technical details of the type-approval: which components are in the type-approval, which are not, where to find the specific requirements, factor 4, …?
  • Do you need information on national rules on the use of speed pedelecs?

Please contact Annick Roetynck, AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Policy Manager for answers to all these questions or any other questions you may have on rules governing electric bicycles: annick.roetynck@avere.org, tel. +32 9 233 60 05. Continue reading →

Dutch standard for helmets for fast e-bikes published

 In order to equip Dutch users of fast e-bikes (S-EPAC) with a suitable helmet, a NEN-project group has developed NTA 8776 which sets out the requirements for such a helmet. NTA 8776 is now available at NEN, the Dutch standardization institute.

S-EPAC’s, also known as speed-pedelecs, are bicycles with auxiliary propulsion power, assisting the rider with pedalling up to a maximum of 45 km/h. According to the new EU directive (No 168/2013) on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles, the S-EPAC is classified as a moped. Member states can decide for themselves which type of helmet must be used on a moped. Usually,  this means that S-EPAC users have to wear a moped helmet (in compliance with ECE R22).

However, from 2017 it will also be allowed in the Netherlands to wear a helmet that complies with NTA 8776. This helmet looks like a bicycle helmet, but protects against higher impact speeds and covers a larger part of the head. In comparison with the bicycle helmet, the S-EPAC helmet offers particularly more protection for the temporal and occipital areas of the head. For your information, Belgium allows S-EPAC users to wear a bicycle helmet provided it offers additional protection to the back and sides of the head.

In drafting the NTA, the project group made use of existing knowledge on head protection (a whole range of existing helmet standards, literature) and the results of tests performed on high-end bicycle helmets. Then, using EN 1078 as the base, the project group redefined its requirements towards the limits of the current technical possibilities in head protection. Next to the increased safety level, other important considerations in defining the requirements were that the helmet should be suitable for use in physical effort and should not impede the hearing ability of the S-EPAC user.

NTA 8776 has been drafted by an international project group with the ambition to turn NTA 8776 within three years into a European standard, which could then be adopted by other member states..

To be permitted to place a S-EPAC helmet on the market and to be able to use it on public roads, the helmet has to contain a mark of approval which can be found in Annex B of NTA 8776. This mark of approval is tied to an accompanying certification process. Both the mark of approval and the certification process are still in development. The mark of approval will be included in the NTA 8776 before the 1st 2017 when the new type-approval procedure definitely enters into force.

The project group that has developed NTA 8776 consists of: ABUS, Accell Group, BBB Cycling, Belgian Road Safety Institute, Bell Sports, CONEBI, Gazelle, KASK, MET Helmets, Pon, RAI Vereniging, Riese & Müller, TASS International en TNO.

NTA 8776 is freely available for perusal. To view NTA 8776 register freely at NEN Connect:https://www.nen.nl/NEN-Connect-9/Free-NEN-Connect-account.htm. NTA 8766 is also available for purchase in the web shop.

For further details on NTA 8776, please contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industry and Safety, tel. 0031 15 2 690 1380 or e-mail iv@nen.nl.

 

 

Bike Europe and AVERE organize Information Meeting at Eurobike for Electric Bike Business

European electric bicycle sales continue to grow spectacularly. Also, new types, such as speed pedelecs or electric mountain bikes, are conquering the market. These developments crank up discussions on rules and regulations. How should these vehicles be categorized? Which technical regulations apply? What are the terms of use, for instance when it comes to helmets, insurance or their place on the road? How to assess the quality of these new vehicles?

At Eurobike, Bike Europe and AVERE organize a lunch meeting in which all the above questions will be dealt with.

On 31st December, the transitional period between the old and new type-approval system finishes. As of 1st January 2017, only the new type-approval system may be applied. AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Policy Manager Annick Roetynck will explain the details of the new type-approval system for electric bicycles, the terms of use that result from it and how the legislation may affect your business.

Bram Rotthier, PhD student at the Belgian university KU Leuven is half way through the research for his PhD. He analyses the technical performance of speed pedelecs, how commuters experience the use of the vehicle, as well as potential safety risks involved in that use. He will present the preliminary findings of his research.

Other researchers at the KU Leuven found that the quality of electric bicycles leaves room for improvement. In the framework of the TGVelo project, they carried out 2 years of research and testing in cooperation with 26 partners from the Flemish bicycle industry, consumer organizations and companies using pedelec fleets. This resulted in the TGVelo quality label for pedelecs, which offers a standardized and objective approach to compare pedelec quality. With TGV Velo, KU Leuven provides both fleet procurers and consumers with a framework to assess the quality of electric bikes, whilst also offering testing services. Jeroen De Maeyer will spell out all the details.

Last point on the agenda is a brief introduction to the European funded REE4EU project. Researchers from various European institutes are looking into the possibilities of recovering Rare Earth Elements, such as neodymium and dysprosium, from a variety of product groups one of which is electric bicycles. At the same time, they are developing a process to recycle and reuse this recovered REE. AVERE is carrying out a market analysis of the potential in the electric bicycle business. Annick Roetynck will tell you more about this project.

Bike Europe Editor-in-Chief Jack Oortwijn will be the moderator of this lunch meeting, which takes place on Thursday 1st September from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Conference Center East. There will be sandwiches, hot and cold drinks available.

Participants need to register for this meeting at the following website: http://conta.cc/2a0FYDZ.

The participation fee is € 80 (incl. VAT). Participants who have a subscription to Bike Europe pay € 40, whilst participants in the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force can attend for free.

You can subscribe to Bike Europe here: http://www.bike-eu.com/subscribe Further information on the AVERE Light Electric Vehicle Task Force is here: https://averelev.wordpress.com/join-avere-lev-tf/

European Commission asks 18 Member States to correctly apply EU rules on driving licences

The European Commission has requested Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, France, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia to correctly implement the EU Directive on driving licences (Directive 2006/126/EC ). These updated rules on driving licences have introduced among others new driving licence categories, a harmonised validity of the driving licence document and established a network to exchange driving licence information (RESPER). These new rules will help reduce the possibility of fraud, guarantee the freedom of movement for EU drivers and reinforce safety on European roads.

Read the full article here: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/media/news/2015-02-26-infringements_en.htm

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All European rules and regulations on electric bicycles

The electric bicycle enjoys a growing success in many member states. With that however, the confusion as to the laws and regulations that apply to the vehicle is increasing accordingly. Bike Europe, the trade paper for the (electric) bike business has recently published a White Paper which explains all relevant rules and regulations. You can download a pdf-version of this White Paper from here: http://www.bike-eu.com/whitepapers/

Also, AVERE LEV can offer you extensive information and assistance in the field of LEV rules and regulations. For further details, please contact AVERE LEV Policy Manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email annick.roetynck@avere.org.