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SAZbike 15/2017

Parts replacement on speed pedelecs

In legal terms 45 kmh / 28 mph fast speed pedelecs are considered motor vehicles. Components must not be replaced at will. Guidelines in this regard have now been presented by a panel of experts.

The guidelines were drawn up by the umbrella organization for German industry guilds BIV, TUEV Rheinland, the test institute Velotech.de, the German service and bicycle association VSF, Zedler Institut as well as the German bicycle association ZIV.
CE marked pedelecs providing a pedal assistance up to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph are also covered by the Machinery Directive. Components of these must neither be replaced at will. At the end of 2015, therefore a first version of the guidelines for the parts replacement of pedelecs jointly worked out by the German associations ZIV, VSF, Zedler Institut and the BIV had been published. The question what bicycle dealers and workshops are allowed to modify on these vehicles and for which components they have to ask for the approval of the vehicle manufacturers and/or the system providers has been clearly regulated by the guidelines since then. Mechanics should consider it as recommendation to act.

Author: Tillman Lambert

 

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