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London Fire Brigade says e-bike conversion kits, batteries and chargers need to be more strictly regulated - backs Sofia Duarte petition

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Rebecca Morley

Rebecca has been in cycling journalism since 2018. She started out at trade title BikeBiz and still contributes features to its monthly magazine, and was also named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019.

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3 months 15 hours ago

@belugabob - you make a good point. The legislation is in place. It's a lack of education and certainly a lack of enforcement that permits so many illegal ebikes. 

3 months 1 day ago

Prevention starts with the buyer.  DO NOT purchase this type of kit on the cheap on internet or dodgy shops.  Go to a reputable large brand name and purchase directly from them so that you don't end up with a counterfeit and dangerous product.  I'm in the EU but was horrified to learn (just one example among many) that the 'CE' conformity label is simply printed on the product at the producer/importers' discretion and does not imply that a prototype has been tested.  If things go south, the registered importer (usually a locally established entity but without physical presence) goes belly up and that's that.

Also, I'm not longer purchasing anything except e-books on Amazon or e-bay and their ilk.  It's just too risky.  

3 months 2 days ago

What regulations, if any, are already in place.

I'm pretty sure that a lot of these conversions wouldnt be considered to be legal, anyway, so introducing another layer of legislation won't make any difference, without enforcement.

Willing to be corrected.