14 March 2020
France has enforced new laws on e-bike riders that if disobeyed could lead to consequences as severe as their imprisonment.
The newly introduced French policies are centred on the ‘tweaking’ of e-bikes in order to improve their overall performance.
The French Government announced that if individuals are found guilty of violating the new policies they’ll face a fine of up to €30,000 (which is roughly $34,000), up to a year in jail and could potentially have their driver’s license suspended for up to three years.
French statutory provision L317-1, as it is referred to, will apply to everyone from importers, distributors and dealers all the way to the customers.
However, it is worth noting that the government’s maximum speed limit of 25 km/h (15.5mph) for the standard e-bikes used within the country is relatively slow. E-bike users are often left displeased when normal bicycle riders pedal past them at a more rapid pace due to not having to adhere to the same rules.
Pedelecs (a type of electric bicycle with a small electric motor that assists the rider’s pedalling) on the other hand have been allocated a maximum speed limited of 45 km/h because they aren’t considered to be standard e-bikes.
The measures being introduced by the French are all aimed at ensuring the safety of all citizens.
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