The Bicycle Association (BA) and the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) have released a joint response to the legislation proposed by Electrical Safety First (ESF) on e-bike fire safety, which calls for third-party certification for e-bike and e-scooter batteries.
BA technical and policy director Peter Eland said that the organisation and “all responsible companies in the UK cycle industry very much share Electrical Safety First’s urgent focus on public safety,” and hopes that the Government, “acts with all possible speed to address the root causes of the recent rise in e-scooter and e-bike fires.”
However, Eland said that while part of the solution may be introducing mandatory third-party testing, “it must run alongside much stricter enforcement of product safety for products supplied to UK consumers direct from overseas sellers, often via online marketplaces.
“This has been identified by the Fire and Rescue services as a key area of concern for these lithium fires. Regulatory action to boost e-bike safety must address these high risk imports.”
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