Fatbikes that go faster than 25 kilometers per hour must have a yellow plate. If that is missing, they are not insured and that is prohibited. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has pointed this out to 27 online sellers of the popular electric bicycles with fat tires.
According to the ILT, internet sellers offer fat bikes that go faster than 25 kilometers per hour or have a power of 250 watts without type approval. “That is mandatory, regardless of whether they drive on public roads or on private property.”
The fat bikes that go faster than a light moped are popular. “This not only has negative consequences for road safety, but also for the user himself,” says the ILT. The fast bicycles with fat tires must be inspected by the RDW and then receive a yellow plate, just like mopeds.
If the bike is not made for road riding, an exception can be made and sellers are not obliged to offer the type-approved fat bikes. According to the ILT, this is sometimes put on the site as such, in the small print.
“Research shows, however, that in most cases there is no such an exceptional situation,” the ILT notes. The sellers have now received a warning. If they don’t change their practices, they will be fined.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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