Published by Velopass BV, Stokerijstraat 29a1, 2110 Wijnegem, Belgium.
How the service works
Velopass is the bicycle identification solution set up and managed by Velopass BV since November 2021.
The purpose of the Velopass identification is to enable effective management of bicycles and facilitate the return of stolen bicycles to their owners in the event of theft.
Velopass BV manages a database containing all the Velopass numbers marked on bicycles and the contact details of their owners (provided that they have entered these details voluntarily and under their full responsibility). Bicycle descriptions and owner contact details are available at https://www.velopass.com. Anyone can consult a bike file on Velopass.com using the Velopass number or the serial numbers entered on the bike file. This record will show the status of the bike (in use, stolen or sold, etc.) and will strictly respect the anonymity of the owner.
Under the Loi d’Orientation des Mobilités (LOM) of 24 December 2019, identification is compulsory for all cycles and pedal-assist cycles sold new by a retailer and from 1 July for those sold second-hand.
The obligation applies to bicycles and pedal-assist bicycles (defined in articles 6.10 and 6.11 of article R311-1 of the Highway Code), but the marking may also apply to children’s bicycles, any type of motorised personal mobility device (MPMD) (defined in article 6.14 of article R311-1 of the Highway Code) and bicycle trailers, if the owners so request.
As a result, to simplify the return of bicycles found to their owners, the law creates a Fichier National Unique des Cycles Identifiées (FNUCI) which will list all marked bicycles and their owners’ details, which will be sent exclusively to the authorities concerned for the purposes of the return provided for in the law.
If you buy a Velopass-marked bicycle or if you identify a bicycle with Velopass after 1 January 2021, the retailer or marking provider will be obliged to record your details and the description of your bicycle in the Velopass database, which will automatically transmit them to the FNUCI.
The data transmitted to the FNUCI is limited to that required by law for restitution purposes. They are mentioned in article R. 1271-5 of the French Transport Code. A cycle identification certificate will be available on the owner’s account on Velopass.com. This must contain at least the Velopass identifier and the following mandatory data:
First and last name or company name, telephone number, e-mail address, frame number, type of bicycle, make, model, colour and status of the bicycle.
In the event of sale or transfer, this document must be completed by the owner with the details of the transferee and sent to him.
limitation of liability:
Only numbers transmitted by Velopass are valid for registration in the database.
From 1 January 2021, this identification number will first be generated by APIC, the body appointed by the State to administer cycle identification, and allocated to Velopass as an approved operator. Velopass will then transfer these identifiers positioned on its marking process to its network of service providers, a trusted third party authorized to identify cycles via the Velopass operator. This identification operation will be carried out under the responsibility of the trusted third party.
The data recorded or updated by an owner in the Velopass database are the responsibility of the owner. Velopass cannot be held responsible for incorrect or incomplete details recorded and for the consequences of not returning the bike.
The owner of the identified bicycle must update his details and the status of his bike when necessary. To do this, he has two weeks in which to inform Velopass (art. R. 1271-9 of the French Transport Code). To this end, the owner has access to his personal account and to a bike file attached to this account within Velopass.com.
In the event of loss or theft, any identified cycle owner who fails to update their details is liable to have the bicycle handed over to an approved recycling organization within 3 months, failing a response from the owner or if the owner remains unknown or unidentifiable (art. L. 1271-4 of the French Transport Code).
Collection of personal information
As part of the Mobility Orientation Law (LOM – art. 53) of 24 December 2019, identification is compulsory for all bicycles and pedal-assist cycles, excluding children’s cycles, sold new by a retailer, and from 1 July for those sold second-hand.
The personal data of Velopass users collected from 01 January 2021 will be automatically and securely transmitted to the Fichier National Unique des Cycles Identifiées (FNUCI), created by the LOM, (which will list all marked bicycles and their owner’s details). The personal data collected concerns only that required by law for the purposes of recovery in the event of theft, and is described in article R.1271-5 paragraph 2 of the French Transport Code.
1 Personal data enabling the owner of the bicycle to be identified and contacted (first and last name or company name, telephone number, e-mail address), a description of the bicycle (type of vehicle, brand, frame number, model, colour), and the status of the bicycle, in particular whether it is stolen or in service;
2 Other personal data (postal address, date of birth, first and last names of joint owners) and other data describing the bicycle ( motor serial number, battery serial number);
Use of personal data
The personal information collected on this site is used for the operation of the site, to enable the owner of a stolen bicycle to be contacted for the purpose of returning the bicycle if it is recovered, and to provide proof of the identity of the owner of a recovered bicycle if there is any doubt.
From 1 January 2021, the following people will be able to access the FNUCI: people, services or organizations that contribute to the Velopass identification of bicycles, police forces and customs services; the director of the central administration responsible for transport and mobility or his delegates; impound yards; municipal police officers, forest wardens, as well as municipal officers assigned to the lost property service, authorized by the mayors of their municipality.
The data contained in the FNUCI cannot be used for commercial purposes, but may be used for anonymous statistical purposes.
In the event of Velopass ceasing its activity, the management of data relating to cycles identified by Velopass will be taken over by the FNUCI manager. Access to the FNUCI is via the www.apic-asso.com portal.
When the user accepts the privacy conditions, Velopass may use the personal information for services provided by Velopass and its partners.
Personal information is communicated only if required by law or if Velopass believes in good faith that it is necessary to comply with legal decrees or a legal procedure.
Velopass may use the personal information collected to send important information on the use of the service provided by the Velopass identification.
Personal information collected on the site may be stored and used in Europe or possibly in any other country by its partners or agents. By using the Velopass.com website, users consent to the use of their personal information outside their country, mainly to facilitate the return of their property.
We respect and comply with the law of 6 January 1978 (link to the CNIL website) as well as the RGPD (EU Regulation 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 in force on 25 May 2018).
Security of your personal information
We guarantee the protection of your personal information. We use various security technologies and procedures to ensure the protection of your personal data and prevent it from being accessed, used or disclosed without authorization.
Data protection and privacy statement
On Velopass.com, we are committed to protecting users’ personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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– Collection of personal data
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– Control of personal data
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– Security of personal data
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