Ebike insurance in Spain.

Forestboy

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Yet another reason to give Spain a miss.
Can't say I'm a great fan of Spain although Jan loves it, having said that I'm off to Valencia next week to the Moto GP.
Wont be taking the leccy bikes anyway just the m/bike but have to think seriously before we go again.
Seem to be more and more reasons each year not to go to Spain, you'd think they'd welcome tourists with open arms instead they seem to be seen as targets to rip off instead.
When I was working we used to export two ships a month into Spain and every month without fail we would have to fight spurious quality claims and every month we would eventually send someone out to physically inspect the claim which 9 times out of 10 ended in us winning. We ended up employing a guy in Spain to represent us and fight the false claims which was much cheaper than flying someone out twice a month and putting up with delayed payments, funnily enough the claims virtually stopped within a few months of employing him.
Lazy b********s do anything rather than work.
 

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Interesting.
Sadly - you can't beat them if they decide to fine you.
Out intention is to have 2 of these instead of the car next year and will be in spain a lot.
I'm not even sure if specific insurance for an electric bike on a road exists??? (Since all other eu countries appear to accept them within the 250w and 40kg 15mph rules ) I assume it must be a Spanish insurance???? Anyone know or tried to get this ???
If it's available - I expect it will cost peanuts so worthwhile to avoid fines.
 

Judge Mental

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legal e bikes are classed the same as ordinary bikes under the law. maybe they are talking about 3rd party liability.my expensive ebikes are insured under my household insurance with L&V. this covers Europe

but this must surely be third party insurance they are talking about. My mates director a big UK e bike company ..I will ask
So where would one go for Ebike insurance and what type of cover are the Spanish looking for
Can I just make up my own certificate useing word ?
Google?:D

http://www.money.co.uk/bicycle-insurance/bicycle-liability-insurance.htm

just tried a quote from these clowns for my new 4K E bike thats on order and they want £346

https://www.jltonline.co.uk/secure/quote.asp?product=Cycle&promCode=&visitorSessionID={AB5DD926-2B95-4047-BF5F-30ADBB6207B5}

I have third party liability insurance on my household policy....will have to start carrying a copy of that around in spain..probably translated into spanish(n)
 
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Just checked this out and found following article in the Motor section of the "ABC" Spanish Newspaper dated 3rd Jan 2014:

Si nuestra bicicleta eléctrica cumple con Directiva Europea 2002/24/CE, no se necesita permiso de conducción ni seguro, porque se rigen por las mismas directrices que las bicis convencionales. Por tanto podrás circular por carriles bicis, incluso circular por las aceras en aquellos lugares donde esté permitido.

Translation:

If our ebike complies with the European Directive 2002/24 / EC neither a driving license nor insurance is required because they are governed by the same guidelines as conventional bikes. Therefore you can travel on bicycle lanes and even on pavements in places where this is allowed.

http://www.abc.es/motor-reportajes/20140103/abci-bici-electrica-peugeot-201401021422.html

I think the problem in the OP was referring to different types of ebikes which even travel at over 45km/hour - more of an electric moped than an ebike.

See lots of them around Valencia and mostly on the pavements! (y)
 

Judge Mental

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Cheers Momo..................Panic over?

although mine are all german spec and comply with above directive (no throttle - pedelec only), you may come to grief with chinese bikes with throttles as they are only legal in UK not in europe....

be careful out there pedelec'ers!!!

I guess I will have to remove my speed derestriction dongles for Spain next year:oops:
 
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Cheers Momo..................Panic over?

although mine are all german spec and comply with above directive (no throttle - pedelec only), you may come to grief with chinese bikes with throttles as they are only legal in UK not in europe....

be careful out there pedelec'ers!!!

I guess I will have to remove my speed derestriction dongles for Spain next year:oops:
Throttles on handlebars are also legal in Spain BUT NEED INSURANCE & LICENSE the same as ordinary mopeds. (y)
 

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there are certificates of conformaty that should come with the bikes .
specially the chinese ones . if you havent got one then the spanish police can only assume it doesnt conform .
ask where ever you bought the bike .
once you show them the certificate your on your way. always have it with you .
 

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Ah! I see said the blind man...so that is where the problem stems from.
but doesn't the throttle use depend on the pedals being turned to be legal..I thought independent throttles illegal, certainly are in Germany. But they have a HS (high speed) class of e bike (illegal in UK) that require a small number plate, insurance and registration. Popular with commuters and restricted to road use. apparently they may become legal in the UK

In Benidorm police were reportedly fining cyclists for not wearing helmet on the main roads leading out of town..I regularly cycled inboth directions out of town but never saw them...this a new twist
 
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