Germany police goes electric! 

Electric vehicles have been used by the German police for some time, even though their share of the total vehicle fleet is still small.The police of Lower Saxony is now going one step further and has purchased electric motorcycles.

In 2018, the Osnabrück police department had already bought and successfully tested the first electric motorcycles. Now the state of Lower Saxony has purchased 8 electric motorcycles of the brand ZERO DS ZF 14.4 at a unit price of 33,400 Euro including the additional police equipment.

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The electric motorcycles can be used in almost all police actions, e.g. as fast and mobile vehicles within traffic jams or for accompanying demonstrations and parades. What is also unique in Germany is that these eight motorcycles are also used as honorary escorts on state visits.

The electric motorcycles are not yet suitable for use on motorways due to their range. In the next generation, the batteries will be able to enable the use of electric motorcycles on motorways.
There is no restriction in comfort, such as with seat heating. The digital radio was completely integrated into the infrastructure of the electric motorcycle.

The eight electric motorcycles are ecological and modern components of a constantly growing fleet of e-police vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles account for about 5 percent of the fleet.

It is not only the emission-free drive that makes these motorcycles attractive: they are almost 100 kg lighter than a motorcycle with a combustion engine, have lower noise emissions, better driving dynamics and are easier and therefore safer to handle. The drive battery also provides enough energy to supply the entire police technology over a long period of time even when the bike is stationary. NI Elektro Motorrad E Krad 1024x588

Volker Kluwe, President of the Hanover Police Headquarters, said of the new addition to the police fleet: "Each of our motorcycles covers an average of more than 115,000 kilometres per year. With the new electric motorcycles, the police forces now not only drive emission-free, but also in greater comfort. The new bikes are quieter, more agile and better to handle - a great advantage, especially for emergency trips in the city".

Technical background information:
manufacturer: ZERO Motorcycles
Type: DS ZF 14.4
Effective power: 60 PS (45 KW)
torque: 110 Nm
Maximum speed: 158 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4,5 seconds
Range city: 250 km
Loading time: 5 hours
Tare weight: 187 kg (without police equipment)

Special police extension:

Handheld radio SEPURA STP900
Bike control unit: SEPURA MRC-3, Bluetooth connection
Speakers: Helmet integration
LED- Rotating lights: Fa. Hänsch, Typ Movia-SL on tripod
LED- front flash lights: Fa. Hänsch, Typ Sputnik-SL
Sound system: Fa. Hänsch, 1 Pressure chamber loudspeaker
Stop signal device: Fa. Hänsch, in the back, Full matrix -LED
Further special equipment: Grip heating
grip protectors
Case system

Exemplary cost comparison electric motorcycle / combustion engine:

E-bike Zero DS ZF 14.4:

Operating costs: about 2,04 Euro per 100 kilometres
This value results from the following calculation:
Consumption of electric motorcycle per 100 kilometers: 7 kilowatt hours (kWh)
Cost per kWh: approx. 0.2916 Euro

BMW R1200:

Operating costs: approx. 5.53 euros per 100 kilometres
This value results from the following calculation:
Consumption BMW R1200 per 100 kilometres: min. 4.16 litres Super.
Cost per litre of Super (as of January 2020): 1.33 Euro




Foto 1Pedestrians and bikers – vulnerable road users, this is the group that is in the biggest danger on the road in case of traffic accident. In the spring and summer period, the youngest road users constitute a large part of them. For them, the bicycle becomes their favourite means of transport, giving them freedom and independence. In the interests of their safety, police from Szczytno together with local firefighters, supported by one of the local entrepreneurs, shot a spot warning drivers of the consequences of reckless driving. "Slow down! Guide your life and the lives of others ..."

Excessive speed is the most common cause of tragic road accidents. That is why every vehicle driver should be aware of the driving license is a privilege and a big responsibility. All driver must remember that they are responsible not only for their own lives, but about lives of all road users.

Pedestrians, bike riders and motorcyclists in a collision with over speeding vehicle, have slight chances to survive. Vulnerable road users are not protected by the auto body, seatbelts or airbags. They have only their own bodies.


Joint Statement ‘Efficient enforcement in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic’ signed by ROADPOL


Now that we have to endure this COVID-19 crisis, it is more than ever clear how important road transport is to sustain critical flows of people and goods.

At the beginning of the crisis it was necessary to take drastic measures to sustain these crucial road transport flows, which has become apparent in the many and diverse derogations implemented by Member States.

Now that we are making the first steps towards normalisation of the road transport situation, it is important, in consultation with the most involved stakeholders, to claim the flexibility and empathy of enforcers, drivers and transport operators to pave the way to the ‘new normal’.

An appeal is being made to those involved to take the gradual path to normalisation during enforcement situations, with mutual understanding and leniency. Particularly where during roadside inspections the after-effects, due to the measures taken at the national level in the beginning of the crisis, are taken into consideration.

Although the road to a normal roadside inspection situation still seems long, it is important to mark the start of this by a joint statement initiated by the ECR and signed by ROADPOL and the most involved partners and stakeholders.
It is therefore my pleasure to present you the annexed joint statement. The joint statement is the result of good and constructive cooperation between the participating organisations.

While working on the joint statement it has become clear that it is important to also cooperate on guidelines on how road inspections can be properly carried out in the coming period without unnecessarily endangering the health of inspectors and drivers. This is also in the interest of clear communication, which should lead to the correct and smooth running of road inspections.

This collaboration is endorsed and supported by the EC DG Move.

A quarter (25 %) of road death in the European Union are the consequence of collision involving a goods vehicle. 5940 people lost their lives in police-reported road collisions in the 27 countries of the EU in 2018. Therefore roadside checks on lorries are a core element of road safety issues European Police forces are covering. Centralising and clearly communicating all specific national measures and exemptions regarding COVID-19 to the road transport and enforcement community, including publishing a list of all temporary relaxations of rules governing driving and rest times is necessary base for a correct and smooth running of road inspections.


Volker Orben

ROADPOL President

Adobe PDF Document icon see the Joint Statement of IRU, ETF, CORTE, ECR and ROADPOL



Polish facts and recommendations:


In 2019 on the roads of lubelski region occured 1150 road accidents, in which 171 people were killed and 1244 injured. Those statistics include accidents with motorcycles and bikes.
The main causes of traffic accidents are still the same: inadequate speed to traffic conditions, incorrect overtaking or forcing the right of way.  During last year 120 motorcycles took part in the road accidents. 12 motorcyclists died on the roads of lubelski region and 102 were injured. Drinking motorcyclists were involved in the 8 accidents. The main reason for accidents caused by motorcyclists was too high speed . Despite the current situation and the outbreak of the coronavirus, we must remember about road safety and proper road behaviour.


CROATIA: no excuse on the roads. Increased traffic control in the Police Directorate Koprivnica-Križevci after the easing of epidemiological measure.


As part of the mitigation of epidemiological measures introduced in Croatia in March 2020 with the aim of preventing the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19, on 11 May 2020 cafes, bars and restaurants re-opened and people were allowed to leave their residence without a permit. This meant an increased frequency of traffic and an increase of drivers violating traffic regulations. To ensure optimal safety for all road traffic participants, Police Directorate Koprivnica-Križevci amplify traffic control, in particular speed control, driver alcohol and drug testing, control off seat belt and mobile phone use and control off recidivist.

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