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Rules & Regulations: available LEVA-EU Briefing

The European and national rules and regulations governing Light, Electric Vehicles (LEVs) such as electric bicycles, e-scooters, self-balancing vehicles, etc. are becoming increasingly complicated. Your company may have to spend huge amounts of time, thus money, on trying to understand these rules and regulations. And yet, there is a simple solution.

Thanks to several decennia of experience in the LEV-business as well as relying on a huge network, LEVA-EU has in-depth knowledge of these rules and regulations. We can provide you with fast and detailed answers to all of your questions. This information service is free for LEVA-EU members. However, should you not be interested in or convinced of the benefits of LEVA-EU membership, we offer you a different access to invaluable LEVA-Information.

LEVA-EU has published several briefings on a range of subjects. The list of currently available briefings is below, whilst we regularly publish new briefings and update existing ones. These briefings are free for members but should you wish to obtain one of these briefings as a non-member, that is possible on the following conditions. LEVA-EU charges € 250 (ex VAT) for a briefing,  including all updates published afterwards as well as replies to all your questions relating to the briefing. If you join LEVA-EU within 3 months after having received the briefing, we will deduct this € 250 from your membership fee.

To obtain a briefing or for further details on LEVA-EU Membership, please contact Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 475 500 588, email [email protected].

Available LEVA-Briefings:

  • EU technical requirements for LEV batteries: The European technical requirements for batteries for light electric vehicles such as electric bicycles, electric scooters, self-balancing vehicles, etc. depend on the type of vehicle of which the battery is a component. This briefing has all further details.
  • EU initiative sustainable batteries: the European Commission is consulting stakeholders on the need for an EU framework with minimum sustainability requirements for batteries.
  • prprEN 17404: CEN is developing a draft EU standard for electric mountain bicycles.
  • Registration Procedure for L-category Vehicles in EU Member States: this briefing is extremely valuable to companies selling L-category vehicles including speed pedelecs directly to consumers in EU Member Statey. If you sell L-category vehicles directly to consumers in EU Member States without a distributor. The consumers must comply with a number of administrative requirements in order to be able to import and register the purchased vehicle. This briefing outlines the requirements for a number of EU Member States.
  • German legislation on electric scooters and self-balancing vehicles (PLEVs): Recently, Germany has introduced the necessary legislation to allow for electric (kick) scooters to use public roads. This however has come with some fairly complicated new rules, which are explained in detail in this briefing.
  • (Electric) Trailer regulations in EU Member States: There are currently only some European harmonized technical rules on (electric) trailers for (electric) bicycles. As a result each member state has the competence to decide on its own rules both in the field of additional technical regulations and terms of use. LEVA-EU is currently establishing an overview of all these rules; this is a work in progress
  • Imposition of counterveiling and anti-dumping duties on electric bicycles from China: the briefing has all details on the duties and on how to continue to produce/import electric bicycles in a legal way.
  • Duty suspension on certain bicycle parts:  For certain bicycle components there is no production left in the EU. Therefore, the EU has decided to suspend the regular import duties on certain bicycle parts. The briefing has all further details including how to apply for duty suspension.
  • Rules of origin for preferential rates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: If you are considering the import of electric bicycles from non-EU countries other than China, then that production must comply with rules of origin. These rules differ, depending on whether the EU has a preferential trade agreement with the country.
  • Review Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive


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Annick Roetynck

Annick is the Manager of LEVA-EU, with decades of experience in two-wheeled and light electric mobility.


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