Twist and go in Spain?

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  1. Teasy2007

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    We have just invested in another Diblasi electric tricycle, which we bought from eBay. It still had the dealers documentation attached and was brand new. It is brilliant and is a twist and go, but not pedal assist.

    Does anyone know the rules/laws in Spain regarding twist and go and is there any documentation I need to get to ride it in Spain?

    Any advice gratefully received.

    Ginny
     
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    I N C O M I N G !

    Done to death, though only for 2 wheels. Tales of fines if you twist and go. Huge fines if you don't have the non twist and go CE label. I'm thinking of screwing our twisty bits down for Spain just in case.

    Mind you, Benidorm is full of 4 wheel twist and go vehicles.
     
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    Totally illegal....!!!

    I will give ya a tenner for it.. Lol
     
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    Ginny, you have more chance of getting stopped for crossing the road on your hands by the Police than you do getting stopped on your electric tricycle. If you go down into the centre of Benidorm and see how many people are using ebikes and disabled 3 wheelers and 4 wheelers all powered by battery and not a policeman in sight. Do you have a disabled blue badge? if so bring that the Police will run a mile...............
    I had the lone of a modded ebike (45km top speed twist grip) the other week and passed loads of policeman in the city centre who never even give me a second glance.
     
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    There has been one ( yes one we know of ) high profile case of a big fine for an ebike infringement.

    So you now need to publish at least two cases of people being fined for crossing the road on their hands to justify your statement.
     
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    Be interested in reading the "fine for an ebike infringement" high profile case as google it and checked back copies of local papers and can find nothing. Can you send link?
     
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    Just read an article about an e-Bike rider getting fined €2000 for not having insurance/documents for her E-Bike.
    Non-Spanish residents get fined 'on-the-spot'.
    Looks like this applies to all of Spain........maybe all of EU?
    The article is on page 11 of the Costa Calida Informer dated 20/10/14 - 02/11/14 so it's current.

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    We have just heard a disturbing bit of news, it seems that an English woman has been fined 2000 Euros for not having an insurance certificate and registration documents with her when riding an electric bike in Spain, it seems that the original information came from The motercaravn's club, can anyone throw any more light on this
     
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    What's a CELabel please?
     
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    Thanks Steve, are you enjoying the Spanisg sunshine?
     
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    Thanks John, I thought it was a pedal assist, it was only when we got home we realised it was not pedal assist, just twist and go. Apparently it was bought as a disability scooter but never used.

    We have a blue badge for Mike but not me yet, if I can find out exactly what I need, paper wise, maybe I can get it from DiBlasi, or the dealer in Hartlepool.

    Hope you are both keeping well and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

    Ginny
     
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    Everything "put into service" in our glorious EU must carry a CE mark. Conform Europe. To say it complies with every European regulation applicable to it.

    This is sometimes backed up by a Certificate of Conformity which is signed by a senior person in the manufacturing company.
     
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    Yes I read it and the lady in question was stopped in 2010 and was finned after pushing the issue, however the article fails to say when the fine was completed and also fails to say if any other cases have come to light.
    I parked/locked my new eBike this evening outside our local police station here in the village to go into local shop and the local policeman looked at it stated nice bike and walk away. This is Spain after all..................
    I will be asking a local eBike seller in the next few days about this issue. I'm personally happy enough to continue using mine across Spain.
     
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    We are indeed fine Ginny and look forward to seeing you perhaps in February. I will look into the issue with our local eBike shop and PM you in a few days.
     
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    Thanks Brian, I will get onto Diblasi tomorrow now I know what to ask for.

    Ginny
     
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    Malc and Anne went home today after staying with us for a few days and we have been planning our hols, and meeting you both again is top of the itinerary !

    Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

    Ginny
     
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    I read somewhere that in the next couple of years there may be an EU ban on twist n go bikes meaning only pedalec versions will be legal throughout Europe and our government are actively involved.
    Also seen this on a couple of cycling forums if you look for the info.
     
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    Thanks John, I look forward to hearing from you.

    Ginny and Mike
     
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    You are probably dead right doing this but Ginny asked "the rules/laws" and now she has them.

    So where did you buy this ? If on mainland Europe then it should comply.
     
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    we have only had 10 days but been great :) met with a lot of funsters..
     
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    CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMATITY

    Will be label and stamp on frame IF bike a legal pedal assist only. Agree in places like Benidorm the risk negligible as you see all sorts there. Risk rises cycling between towns where you may bump into traffic police..

    Its an individuals choice to be honest...as long as prepared to live with the consequences if things go wrong. FGrom what i remember about the 2000€ case. it went to court and even on appeal she lost

    shops can sell what they want..its the use that is illegal. you can buy high speed e bikes in the UK that are legal in Germany s long as registered but not herr..but shops continue to sell them:censored:

    article re EPAC regs
    http://www.bike-eu.com/laws-regulations/artikel/2009/3/new-epac-standard-for-safe-e-bikes-1018518

    Subject been done to death........ :)
     
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