No liability insurance needed up to 25 km/h
Electric bicycles, electric wheelchairs or scootmobiles or monowheels and other individual transport means with a maximum speed of 25 km/h will be exempted from the legal liability insurance for motor vehicles, has announced Minister for Consumer Affairs, Kris Peeters (CD&V).
Until now, every vehicle that is capable of moving by itself needs to have a liability insurance, “which is causing the most absurd situations”, says Peeters. “It means that an electric wheelchair or an electric bike with a button to move by itself without pedaling needs to have the same insurance as a car.”
The new measure will change this law: all vehicles with an autonomous maximum speed of 25 km/hour will be exempted from a liability insurance.
In the future, victims of an accident with a light electric vehicle will be compensated by the family insurance of the one who caused the accident.
Peeters: “More and more people are using electric bicycles as an alternative to the car. Those vehicles have the potential to decrease traffic congestion and air pollution. With this measure, we want to promote the use of those light electric vehicles.”