GS Yuasa informs the industry of new changes in government legislation relating to motorbike battery acid packs.
In this context, GS Yuasa informs the industry of new changes to state legislation, which will make it illegal for members of the public from February 1st, 2021 to purchase a separate acid pack, which is also sold with motorcycle batteries, without being in possession of an official licence.
It is common practice to sell motorcycle batteries with a separate acid pack, ready to fill and activate. More than 75% of all Yuasa and GS motorcycle batteries are sold as a combined pack, which are therefore covered by the new law, resulting in far-reaching consequences for retailers (both retail and online).
GS YUASA believes it is unlikely that consumers will apply for an official licence just to purchase an acid pack. As a result, retailers will need to fill any motorcycle batteries before selling them to members of the public who do not have a valid official permission.
Distributors and dealers (commercial users) will not need an official licence if they acquire, import, possess or use sulphuric acid for purposes related to their business.
Dealers who sell acid packs separately or along with dry batteries to members of the public having an official licence must follow a comprehensive procedure to verify the official licence of the customer and to record the transaction in that licence.
Possession without official licence or the supply of restricted substances without verifying that the member of the public has a valid official licence may be punishable by a custodial sentence of 5 years and a large fine. Failure to include the details of the transaction in the official licence has a maximum fine of €50,000. Failure to meet the reporting requirements can attract a fine or a custodial sentence of up to 5 years.
As of today, the regional state offices of criminal investigation in the Federal Republic of Germany are the contact persons for you and your questions. Any reports (including loss or theft reports) will also be accepted by local police stations. Responsibilities in neighbouring European countries may differ, but Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 applies accordingly there.
Please take this information as an occasion to inform your customers accordingly and to implement any necessary changes to your operational sales procedures.
GS YUASA Battery Germany GmbH, founded in 1983 as YUASA Battery (Europe) GmbH, is based in Krefeld and serves 15 countries within Europe from there.