City inspectors soon to have electric bike enforcement authority

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April 19, 2015 19:12
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Municipal inspectors will soon be able to take enforcement action against two-wheeled electrical vehicle riders who commit traffic offenses, the Transportation Ministry announced on Sunday. With this goal in mind, Transportation Ministry director-general Uzi Yitzhaki has appointed a professional team to draft the legislation necessary to certify the inspectors, the ministry said. The team members must submit their draft to Yitzhaki by May 14, after which time the legislation will be transferred to the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee for approval, followed by second and third readings.

Electric bike regulations came into effect in Israel in September 2014, stipulating that bikes can only be equipped with a maximum of 250 watts of power, and that riders must travel not faster than 25 kilometers per hour. From the age of 14, riders can ride electric bikes, but in designated bicycle lanes only, while from 16 on, they can ride on the road as well, the Transportation Ministry said. Riding is forbidden on sidewalks, and all bikes must have proper safety devices, including front and rear lights, reflectors and a horn or bell. In addition, electric bikes must bear a visible marking with the words "bicycle with engine assist" and be labeled with manufacturer and model information, the ministry said.

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