LEVA-EU is calling on the CVE sector to speak out on CVE legislation at an upcoming European Commission workshop.
Last year, in March, transport consultancy TRL presented its study on light electric vehicle (LEV) legislation commissioned by the European Commission. The TRL concluded that separate technical legislation for LEVs was the best way forward, LEVA-EU said, but the commission did not act on the TRL’s research.
On September 14, 2022, the European Commission will finally organize a workshop on technical road safety requirements of personal mobility devices (PMDs). The term PMD originated from TRL research and covers all e-bikes including cargo bikes and fast pedelecs, e-scooters, self-balancing vehicles, e-skateboards, etc.
According to LEVA-EU, the workshop program does not indicate any further plans by the commission for legal improvements for LEVs. “The workshop is almost exclusively about e-scooters and national legislation for e-scooters,” he said. “There is no mention in the program of plans/plans for the revision of legislation for all LEVS as recommended by TRL.”
LEVA-EU said it is “extremely concerned” that this workshop is not a starting point for the fundamental legal reforms that the sector has been waiting for so long. This is why the trade association is calling on the CVE sector to use this workshop to ‘protest loud and clear’ against the commission’s approach so far.
“The workshop is a unique opportunity to make the European Commission understand that the current legislation is not suitable for VELs and therefore significantly hinders the development of the market,” the association said.
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LEVA-EU appeals, through its website, electronic newsletter, social media, direct mail and the press, to all companies, manufacturers, importers, distributors, as well as groups users concerned, to testify that PMDs are currently “severely hampered by a lack of appropriate legislation” and “to demand harmonized and precise European legislation” for these vehicles.
The workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and participation is possible
live in Brussels or online. Participants must register in advance and registration will close on the 8
September 2022, 12:00 p.m. CEST.
On Friday 9 September, LEVA-EU is organizing two online information sessions for members aimed at providing them with additional information about the workshop and the need for a fundamental change in LEV legislation.
Registration for the workshop can be found here: https://bit.ly/3RsKVVQ.