“In the highway code speed pedelecs fall into the moped category" says Stef Willems of the traffic safety centre Vias. "They are also fitted out with a number plate."
Just like all other road users cyclists on speed pedelecs are obliged to comply with traffic restrictions including 30km zones. Speed and you risk a fine. The speeding cyclist will be obliged to pay a 55 euro fine as if he or she had been on a moped!
By the end of last year there were some 11,000 speed pedelecs on Belgian roads. They have a maximum speed of 45km/h, but if you exceed this speed a fine could follow. Stef Willems says that speeds over 45km/h are very rarely reached.