De-restricting an electric bike to increase its speed to 45 km / h instead of 25 seems to be a common practice, according to a survey conducted by the editorial staff of the VRT. We visited six stores, five of which were ready to help change the set maximum speed of an electric bike.
Merchants who would agree to such a gesture are, however, liable to prosecution, warns Traxio, the Belgian Federation of the automotive and related sectors (ex-Federauto). “These practices are prohibited and bike sellers are liable to prosecution because they are directly responsible for the products they sell,” said Guy Crab, general secretary of Traxio Vélo.
The VRT editorial staff visited six stores, five of which were willing to sell de-restricted electric bikes. The proposal was even made without the customers making the request. One also agreed to boost the speed up to 70 km / h, while stating that it was not legal.
“I’m surprised,” reacts Guy Crab, who refers to the Pro Vélo brand, which forces affiliated merchants to comply with the current regulations. “Their affiliation documents do not explicitly indicate that the speed of e-bikes cannot be de-restricted, but I will make sure that is the case.”
Pieter De Crem, Minister of the Interior Affairs, intends to consult experts on the issue. “Anything that can affect road safety worries us,” he said via his spokesman. “The legislative framework can always be adjusted. (…) Anyone who rides a de-restricted electric bike endangers not only his safety but also that of other riders as well as pedestrians.”
This post was translated from French. The original version published was on La Libre. Photo credit – La Libre.