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The question what bicycle dealers and workshops are allowed to modify on vehicles and for which components they have to ask for the approval of the vehicle manufacturers and/or the system providers is clearly regulated by the 2015 issued pedelec guidelines (up to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph) which are to be considered as recommendation to act.
Comparable guidelines for the parts replacement are now also available for speed e-bikes / pedelecs with pedal assistance up to 45 kmh / 28 mph. Unlike pedelecs up to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph speed pedelecs are classified as motor vehicles and thus subject to the EU Directive 2002/24/EC or the EU Regulation no. 168/2013.
These guidelines were worked out under the responsibility of the following associations and companies: The umbrella organization for German industry guilds BIV, TUEV Rheinland, Velotech.de, the German service and bicycle association VSF, Zedler-Institut as well as the German bicycle association ZIV.
Author: Jo Beckendorff/ZIV