With potentially wide-ranging consequences on the emerging and ever-growing e-bike market, today the European Commission proposed that pedelec e-bikes (that enhance pedal input by the rider with an electric motor) will require third-party liability insurance, similar to motor vehicles.
The initiative is a blanket cover-all that puts e-bikes in the same category as motor vehicles, requiring them to have third-party insurance.
The European Cyclists' Federation, who are pro e-bike, said in a press release
Although the European Commission's decision has yet to be passed into law, as and when it does it could mean that eMTBers will require insurance when out on the trails.
It also remains to be seen how The European Commission intends to police compulsory e-bike insurance – will e-bikes require number plates and licenses? Will we be seeing police officers on the trails at eMTB hotspots across Europe?