International Laws & Regulations

EU Regulations

Being successful in the bike business in Europe requires detailed knowledge on the European laws and regulations for bicycles and bike products. Anti-dumping and anti-circumvention duties, the new CEN safety standards or the Generalized System of Preferences can have a huge impact on your business. Keep yourself informed with the Bike Europe EU Laws & Regulations files. Any new addition will be published in the weekly Bike Europe e-mail newsletter.  Click here to subscribe to the Bike Europe newsletter.

Below is a list of Bike Europe articles published regarding EU regulations:

31-03-2009 - New EPAC Standard for Safe e-Bikes
04-12-2008 - EPAC Standard Comes with Electro Magnetic Compatibility Requirements (new)
04-12-2008 - EU modernizes customs procedures and makes imports safer (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - EU Legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - VAT Reduction on All Bicycle Products and Services (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - EU-Commission Appoints Trade Hearing Officer (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Trade Defense Mechanisms under Review (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Rapid Exchange of Information on Unsafe Products (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - European Standard for Childs Seats for Bicycles (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Anti-Circumvention Duties under Review (Updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Anti-Dumping Duties on Chinese Saddles (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - New EU Directive on Poisonous Substance in Electrical Appliances
04-12-2008 - Anti-Circumvention Duties on Certain Chinese Parts (Updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - CEN Safety Standards for Bicycles Acknowledged by European Commission (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - No Dumping Duties on Chinese E-Bikes and Pedelecs (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Tighter checks on EU imports (updated for 2009)
04-12-2008 - Dumping Investigation on Chinese Made Saddles (updated for 2009)
26-11-2008 - Timetable Anti-Dumping and Anti-Circumvention Measures (updated for 2009)
26-11-2008 - Preferential Import Duty Rates (updated for 2009)
26-11-2008 - New Generalized System of Preferences for 2009 - 2012 (updated for 2009)
26-11-2008 - Duties on the Internet (updated for 2009)
26-11-2008 - Import Duties on non-EU Bicycles (updated for 2009)
23-10-2008 - The European CEN Standard For Bicycles (updated for 2009)
28-02-2008 - New Boost for the Internal EU-Market (updated for 2009)

Here is a good summary from Bike Europe on Ebike Regulations Check List for Distributors. Are you selling legal or illegal products?

For more information on the EU regulations including the Machinery Directive, Recycling, Type Approval and EN15194, click here for Part I and here for Part II.

EU Trade Regulations

  1. Import Duties on non-EU Bicycles
  2. Preferential Import Duty Rates
  3. Duties on the Internet
  4. EU Adopts New and Simplified GSP
  5. Timetable Anti-Dumping and Anti-Circumvention Measures
  6. Anti-Circumvention Duties on Certain Chinese Parts
  7. EU Reviews Bike Dumping By China
  8. EU lifts Dumping Duty on Vietnam Made Bikes
  9. Anti-Dumping Duties on Chinese Saddles
  10. No Dumping Duties on Chinese E-Bikes and Pedelecs
  11. EU modernises customs procedures and makes imports safer
  12. EU-Commission Appoints Trade Hearing Officer
  13. VAT Reduction on All Bicycle Products and Services
  14. New Boost for the Internal EU-Market
  15. Tighter checks on EU imports
  16. EU Relaxes Rules of Generalised System of Preference
     

Safety Standards and Regulations

  1. The European CEN Standard For Bicycles
  2. European Standard for Child's Seat for Bicycles
  3. Rapid Exchange of Information on Unsafe Products
  4. REACH: EU Legislation With Major Impact for Whole Supply Chain
  5. REACH Continue Reading
  6. USA: Lead Content in Bike Product
  7. EU Legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  8. EU Regulations for e-Bikes (Part 1) Type-approval legislation and CEN standards
  9. EU Regulations for e-Bikes (Part 2) Machinery Directive
  10. EU Regulations for e-Bikes (Part 3) Electromagnetic Compatibility
  11. EU Regulations for e-Bikes (Part 4) Battery Transportation
  12. EU Regulations for e-Bikes (Part 5) Battery Directive

 

Czech Republic Regulations

For the Czech Republic, the EU norms are just recommended, not compulsory. The street traffic law recognizes only "motorized bicycles", so there is 25 km/h rule and motor up to 1000W. A helmet is compulsory up to age of 14.

 

Australia Regulations

Australian states and territories can be found at http://www.electric-bike.com.au/Need%20to%20know.html

 

New Zealand Regulations

New Zealand LEV laws