Regulation Electric

ETRA the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association reports on the scheduled vote in the IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee) regarding the Approval and market surveillance of two – or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles

The date for the EP IMCO vote on the review of the type-approval of motorcycles has finally been set.

On 5 December, the Parliamentary Committee will decide on Rapporteur van de Camp’s report as well as on the 304 amendments to this report, tabled by his colleagues.

Of these amendments, a good dozen originate from ETRA’s position paper on the text that was originally proposed by the European Commission.

ETRA concluded that this proposal was not optimally adjusted to electric bicycles.

Therefore, the trade-association developed a detailed paper containing a large number of draft amendments aimed at improving the Commission’s text for the benefit of electric bicycles.

The draft amendments were based on 3 main principles:

    1. the exclusion from the type-approval of all electric pedal assisted cycles with assistance up to 25 km/h without specification of a motor output limit, because speed and not power is the determining safety factor.
    2. the exclusion from the type-approval of all very light electric vehicles with a weight of < 25 kg and a maximum design speed up to 25 km/h, because speed and not power is the determining safety factor.
    3. the development of appropriate requirements for those electrically assisted cycles and light electric vehicles which are not excluded from the type-approval.

Mrs Heide Rühle, Shadow Rapporteur for the Greens/EFA, effectively tabled these amendments.

As a result of intensive lobby work, ETRA managed to convince the Shadows from ECR and ALDE to support the amendments.

However, in order to win the vote, one of the 2 biggest political groups, i.e. EPP or S&D, also need to get behind Mrs Rühle’s amendments.

To date, the final result is still uncertain.

In the meantime, ETRA continues the lobby work until the final deadline.

ETRA Position Paper Click Here

Original Source: Click Here


ETRA mentions the lobbying work that they have undertaken with political groups below is a brief explanation taken from the European Parliament website with links to the political groups..

Political groups

The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) sit in political groups – they are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation.

There are currently 7 political groups in the European Parliament. Political groups

25 Members are needed to form a political group, and at least one-quarter of the Member States must be represented within the group.

Members may not belong to more than one political group.

Some Members do not belong to any political group and are known as non-attached Members.

Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left
Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group

Original Source: European Parliament



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