Electric bicycle: will helmets be compulsory in the Netherlands?

November 12 2021

Elektrische fiets helmplicht

Elektrische fiets helmplicht

Helmet light in the Netherlands

An e-bike nowadays fits perfectly into a healthy lifestyle that many people follow. The e-bike is trendy and you can be seen on it. The e-bike also ensures a cleaner city center, which benefits everyone! But is a bicycle helmet mandatory when you go cycling on your electric bicycle?

Young Amsterdammers in particular do not like the helmet requirement, because a helmet naturally ruins your haircut. In The Netherlands currently applies no helmet requirement for electric bicycles that provide pedal assistance up to 25 km/h. This is because these electric bicycles are considered 'normal' bicycles. So you can still enjoy your hair blowing in the wind!

< span>For speed pedelecs, which provide support up to 45 km/h, a helmet requirement applies since 1 January 2017. A speed pedelec can reach speeds of up to 45 km/h, so that's why there is a helmet requirement. Are you not wearing a helmet on your speed pedelec? Then you risk a fine of 95 euros.

Coming in the future a helmet requirement for electric bicycles?

So far, the electric bicycle, which provides support up to 25 km/h, has managed to get away with it. But there is a good chance that it will change in the future.

From 1 July 2022, all moped riders must also wear helmets. Due to this development, we expect to have to wear a helmet on an e-bike in the future as well. This is because you can travel 25 km/h in no time with an e-bike, just like on a moped. With a little extra pedaling you can even reach 30 km/h! This is therefore faster than a moped, for which the helmet requirement will apply from 1 July 2022.

What will that mean for electric bicycles? Nothing yet, but it is likely that helmets will be compulsory in the future.

E-bikes make heavier accidents

To be allowed to ride a moped you need a driver's license, in other words you must be able to prove that you know the traffic rules. But that does not apply to an e-bike. Anyone can buy an electric bicycle and race through the streets at 25 km/h. This can lead to dangerous situations. According to some studies, the chance of a fatal accident is up to three times higher on an e-bike. The mandatory wearing of a helmet is therefore certainly not an inconceivable scenario.

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  • Buddy Lowe: July 21, 2022

    Nederland moet ophouden met pamperen. Een ieder die zich niet veilig voelt op een ebike kan gewoon zelf bepalen een helm op te doen. Als het zo doorgaat moeten wij met hardlopen ook een helm op doen.

  • Stefanie : June 30, 2022

    Waarom moet ik met rijbewijs na 25 rijden op een citta gilera nu ineens een helm gaan dragen?
    En de ebikers niet en zelf zonder rijbewijs mogen? Ik snap dit echt niet!!!! Leef zelfs in een buitengebied dus weinig verkeer vond het genieten ronde op de grote water plassen hier zonder helm en nu verplichten

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