General terms and conditions

Table of contents:

Article 1 - Definitions
Article 2 - Identity of the economic operator
Article 3 - Applicability
Article 4 - The offer
Article 5 - The Agreement
Article 6 - Right of withdrawal
Article 7 - Obligations of the consumer during the reflection period
Article 8 - Exercise of the right of withdrawal by the consumer and costs thereof
Article 9 - Obligations of the trader in the event of withdrawal
Article 10 - Exclusion of right of withdrawal
Article 11 - The price
Article 12 - Compliance and additional guarantee
Article 13 - Delivery and execution
Article 14 - Duration transactions: duration, termination and renewal
Article 15 - Payment
Article 16 - Complaints procedure
Article 17 - Disputes
Article 18 - Additional or different provisions

 

Article 1 - Definitions

For the purposes of these terms and conditions:

  1. Supplementary agreement: an agreement whereby the consumer acquires products, digital content and / or services in connection with a distance contract and these items, digital content and / or services are supplied by the operator or by a third party on the basis of an agreement between that third party and the operator;
  2. Withdrawal period: the period within which the consumer can exercise his right of withdrawal;
  3. Consumer: the natural person who is not acting for purposes relating to his trade, business, craft or profession;
  4. Day: calendar day;
  5. Digital content: data produced and delivered in digital form;
  6. Perpetual agreement: an agreement for the regular delivery of goods, services and/or digital content during a certain period of time;
  7. Durable data carrier: any tool - including e-mail - that enables the consumer or entrepreneur to store information that is addressed to him personally in a way that allows future consultation or use for a period of time appropriate to the purpose for which the information is intended, and that allows unaltered reproduction of the stored information;
  8. Right of withdrawal: the possibility for the consumer to waive the distance contract within the cooling-off period;
  9. Entrepreneur: the natural or legal person who offers products, (access to) digital content and/or services at a distance to consumers;
  10. Distance contract: a contract concluded between the trader and the consumer within the framework of an organized system for distance selling of products, digital content and / or services, up to and including the conclusion of the agreement exclusively or partly using one or more means of distance communication;
  11. Model withdrawal form: the European model withdrawal form set out in Annex I to these conditions. Annex I need not be made available if the consumer does not have a right of withdrawal with regard to his order;
  12. Technique for distance communication: means that can be used for concluding an agreement, without the consumer and entrepreneur having to be together in the same room at the same time.

 

Article 2 - Identity of the economic operator

The Bicycle Hand
Keurvorsterstede 17
5431 XP Cuijk
Tel: 0485 234 500
E-mail address: info@fietsknecht.nl
Chamber of Commerce number: 63261944
VAT identification number: NL001159833B37

 

Article 3 - Applicability

  1. These general terms and conditions apply to every offer from the entrepreneur and to every distance contract concluded between entrepreneur and consumer.
  2. Before the distance contract is concluded, the text of these terms and conditions will be made available to the consumer. If this is not reasonably possible, the entrepreneur before the distance contract is concluded, indicate how the terms and conditions can be viewed by the entrepreneur and that they will be sent free of charge as soon as possible at the consumer's request.
  3. If the distance contract is concluded electronically, then, contrary to the previous paragraph and before the distance contract is concluded, the text of these terms and conditions may be made available to the consumer electronically in such a way that the consumer can easily store it on a durable medium. If this is not reasonably possible, before the distance contract is concluded, it will be indicated where the general terms and conditions can be viewed electronically and that they will be sent electronically or otherwise free of charge at the consumer's request.
  4. In the event that, in addition to these general terms and conditions, specific product or service conditions also apply, the second and third paragraphs apply by analogy and the consumer can always invoke the applicable provision that is most favourable to him in the event of conflicting conditions.

 

Article 4 - The offer

  1. If an offer has a limited period of validity or is made subject to conditions, this will be explicitly stated in the offer.
  2. The offer contains a complete and accurate description of the offered products, digital content and/or services. The description is sufficiently detailed to enable a proper assessment of the offer by the consumer. If the entrepreneur uses images, these are a true representation of the products, services and / or digital content offered. Obvious mistakes or obvious errors in the offer are not binding on the entrepreneur.
  3. Each offer contains such information that it is clear to the consumer what rights and obligations are attached to the acceptance of the offer.

 

Article 5 - The Agreement

  1. The agreement is, subject to the provisions of paragraph 4, concluded at the time of acceptance by the consumer of the offer and compliance with the conditions set.
  2. If the consumer has accepted the offer electronically, the trader will immediately confirm receipt of acceptance of the offer electronically. As long as the receipt of this acceptance has not been confirmed by the entrepreneur, the consumer can dissolve the agreement.
  3. If the agreement is concluded electronically, the entrepreneur takes appropriate technical and organizational measures to secure the electronic transfer of data and ensures a secure web environment. If the consumer can pay electronically, the entrepreneur will take appropriate security measures.
  4. The entrepreneur may, within the limits of the law - to inform whether the consumer can meet his payment obligations, as well as all those facts and factors that are important for a responsible conclusion of the distance contract. If, on the basis of this investigation, the entrepreneur has good grounds not to enter into the agreement, he is entitled to refuse an order or request, stating reasons, or to attach special conditions to the implementation.
  5. At the latest upon delivery of the product, service or digital content to the consumer, the trader will send the following information, in writing or in such a way that the consumer can store it in an accessible manner on a durable medium:
    1. the visiting address of the establishment of the entrepreneur to which the consumer can turn with complaints;
    2. the conditions under which and the manner in which the consumer may exercise the right of withdrawal, or a clear indication of the exclusion of the right of withdrawal;
    3. information on warranties and existing after-sales service;
    4. the price including all taxes of the product, service or digital content; to the extent applicable, the costs of delivery; and the method of payment, delivery or performance of the distance contract;
    5. the requirements for termination of the contract if the contract has a duration of more than one year or is of indefinite duration;
    6. if the consumer has a right of withdrawal, the model withdrawal form.
  6. In the case of an enduring transaction, the provision of the previous paragraph shall only apply to the first delivery.

 

Article 6 - Right of withdrawal

For products:

  1. The consumer can dissolve an agreement regarding the purchase of a product during a reflection period of at least 14 days without giving reasons. The entrepreneur may ask the consumer for the reason for withdrawal, but does not oblige the consumer to state his reason(s).
  2. The cooling-off period referred to in paragraph 1 shall begin on the day after the consumer, or a third party other than the carrier and indicated in advance by the consumer, has received the product, or:
    1. if the consumer has ordered several products in the same order: the day on which the consumer, or a third party designated by him, has received the last product. The entrepreneur may, provided he has clearly informed the consumer prior to the ordering process, refuse an order of multiple products with a different delivery time.
    2. if the delivery of a product consists of several shipments or parts: the day on which the consumer, or a third party designated by him, received the last shipment or the last part;
    3. in the case of contracts for regular delivery of products over a given period: the day on which the consumer, or a third party designated by him, receives the first product.

In the case of services and digital content not supplied on a tangible medium:

  1. The consumer can terminate a service contract and a contract for the supply of digital content that is not supplied on a tangible medium for at least 14 days without giving reasons. The entrepreneur may ask the consumer for the reason for withdrawal, but does not oblige the consumer to state his reason(s).
  2. The cooling-off period referred to in paragraph 3 shall commence on the day following the conclusion of the agreement.

Extended cooling-off period for products, services and digital content not supplied on a tangible medium in the event of failure to inform about the right of withdrawal:

  1. If the entrepreneur has not provided the consumer with the legally required information about the right of withdrawal or the model withdrawal form, the cooling-off period expires twelve months after the end of the original cooling-off period determined in accordance with the previous paragraphs of this article.
  2. If the entrepreneur has provided the consumer with the information referred to in the previous paragraph within twelve months after the starting date of the original cooling-off period, the cooling-off period expires 14 days after the day on which the consumer has received that information.

 

Article 7 - Obligations of the consumer during the reflection period

  1. During the reflection period, the consumer will handle the product and packaging with care. He will only unpack or use the product to the extent necessary to determine the nature, characteristics and functioning of the product. The basic principle here is that consumers may only handle and inspect the product as they would in a shop.
  2. The consumer shall only be liable for any reduction in the value of the product resulting from a way of handling the product that goes beyond what is permitted in paragraph 1.
  3. The consumer is not liable for any reduction in the value of the product if the entrepreneur has not provided him with all legally required information about the right of withdrawal before or at the conclusion of the contract.

 

Article 8 - Exercise of the right of withdrawal by the consumer and costs thereof

  1. If the consumer makes use of his right of withdrawal, he reports this within the cooling-off period by means of the model withdrawal form or in another unambiguous manner to the entrepreneur.
  2. As soon as possible, but within 14 days from the day following the notification referred to in paragraph 1, the consumer returns the product, or hands it over to (an authorized representative of) the entrepreneur. This is not necessary if the entrepreneur has offered to collect the product himself. The consumer has in any case complied with the return period if he returns the product before the cooling-off period has expired.
  3. The consumer returns the product with all delivered accessories, if reasonably possible in original condition and packaging, and in accordance with the reasonable and clear instructions provided by the entrepreneur.
  4. The risk and burden of proof for the correct and timely exercise of the right of withdrawal lies with the consumer.
  5. The consumer shall bear the direct costs of returning the product. If the entrepreneur has not reported that the consumer has to bear these costs, or if the entrepreneur indicates that he has to bear the costs himself, the consumer does not have to bear the costs of returning the goods.
  6. If the consumer withdraws after having first expressly requested that the performance of the service or the supply of gas, water or electricity that are not put up for sale in a limited volume or set quantity commences during the cooling-off period, the consumer owes the trader an amount that is proportional to that part of the commitment that the trader has fulfilled at the time of withdrawal, compared to the full fulfilment of the commitment.
  7. The consumer shall not bear any costs for the performance of services or the supply of water, gas or electricity, where they are not put up for sale in a limited volume or quantity, or for the supply of district heating, if:
    1. the trader has not provided the consumer with the legally required information concerning the right of withdrawal, the reimbursement of costs in the event of withdrawal or the model withdrawal form, or;
    2. the consumer has not expressly requested the commencement of the performance of the service or the supply of gas, water, electricity or district heating during the cooling-off period.
  8. The consumer does not bear any costs for the full or partial delivery of digital content not supplied on a tangible medium, if:
    1. he has not expressly agreed to start fulfilling the contract before the end of the cooling-off period;
    2. he has not acknowledged losing his right of withdrawal when giving his consent; or
    3. the entrepreneur has failed to confirm this statement from the consumer.
  9. If the consumer makes use of his right of withdrawal, all ancillary contracts shall be dissolved by operation of law.

 

Article 9 - Obligations of the trader in the event of withdrawal

  1. If the Entrepreneur's notification of withdrawal by the Consumer is made possible electronically, he shall send a confirmation of receipt without delay after receipt of this notification.
  2. The entrepreneur shall reimburse all payments made by the consumer, including any delivery costs charged by the entrepreneur for the returned product, immediately but within 14 days following the day on which the consumer notifies him of the withdrawal. Unless the trader offers to collect the product himself, he may wait until he has received the product or until the consumer can prove that he has returned the product, whichever time is earlier.
  3. The entrepreneur uses the same means of payment that the consumer has used for reimbursement, unless the consumer agrees to another method. The refund is free of charge for the consumer.
  4. If the consumer has opted for a more expensive method of delivery than the cheapest standard delivery, the entrepreneur does not have to reimburse the additional costs for the more expensive method.

 

Article 10 - Exclusion of right of withdrawal

The Entrepreneur can exclude the following products and services from the right of withdrawal, but only if the Entrepreneur has clearly stated this in the offer, at least in good time before concluding the contract:

  1. Products or services whose price is subject to fluctuations in the financial market that are beyond the Entrepreneur's control and which may occur within the revocation period;
  2. Contracts concluded during a public auction. A public auction is understood to mean a sales method in which products, digital content and/or services are offered by the entrepreneur to the consumer who is personally present or has the opportunity to be personally present at the auction, under the supervision of an auctioneer, and in which the successful bidder is obliged to purchase the products, digital content and/or services;
  3. Service contracts, after full performance of the service, but only if:
    1. the performance has begun with the express prior consent of the consumer; and
    2. the consumer has declared that he loses his right of withdrawal as soon as the entrepreneur has fully performed the contract;
  4. Package holidays as referred to in Section 7:500 of the Dutch Civil Code and passenger transport agreements;
  5. Service contracts for the provision of accommodation, where the contract provides for a specific date or period of performance and other than for residential purposes, carriage of goods, car rental services and catering;
  6. Agreements relating to leisure activities, if the agreement provides for a specific date or period of performance;
  7. Products made to consumer specifications, which are not prefabricated and which are made on the basis of an individual choice or decision of the consumer, or which are clearly intended for a particular person;
  8. Products that spoil quickly or have a limited shelf life;
  9. Sealed products that are not suitable for return for reasons of health protection or hygiene and whose seal has been broken after delivery;
  10. Products which, by their nature, have been irrevocably mixed with other products after delivery;
  11. Alcoholic beverages of which the price was agreed upon when the agreement was concluded, but of which the delivery can only take place after 30 days, and of which the actual value depends on fluctuations in the market over which the entrepreneur has no influence;
  12. Sealed audio, video recordings and computer software, the seal of which has been broken after delivery;
  13. Newspapers, journals or magazines, with the exception of subscriptions;
  14. The delivery of digital content other than on a tangible medium, but only if:
    1. the performance has begun with the express prior consent of the consumer; and
    2. the consumer has declared that he thereby loses his right of withdrawal.

 

Article 11 - The price

  1. During the period of validity stated in the offer, the prices of the products and/or services offered will not be increased, except for price changes due to changes in VAT rates.
  2. Contrary to the previous paragraph, the entrepreneur may offer products or services whose prices are subject to fluctuations in the financial market and on which the entrepreneur has no influence, with variable prices. The offer shall state this commitment to fluctuation and the fact that any prices quoted are target prices.
  3. Price increases within 3 months after the conclusion of the contract are only permitted if they are the result of statutory regulations or provisions.
  4. Price increases from 3 months after the conclusion of the agreement are only allowed if the entrepreneur has stipulated this and:
    1. they are the result of statutory regulations or provisions; or
    2. the consumer has the right to terminate the contract as of the day on which the price increase takes effect.
  5. The prices mentioned in the offer of products or services are inclusive of VAT.

 

Article 12 - Fulfilment of agreement and additional guarantee

  1. The entrepreneur guarantees that the products and / or services meet the agreement, the specifications stated in the offer, the reasonable requirements of reliability and / or usability and the date of the conclusion of the agreement existing legal provisions and / or government regulations. If agreed, the entrepreneur also guarantees that the product is suitable for other than normal use.
  2. An extra guarantee provided by the entrepreneur, his supplier, manufacturer or importer never restricts the legal rights and claims that the consumer can assert against the entrepreneur under the contract if the entrepreneur has failed in the performance of his part of the contract.
  3. Additional guarantee means any commitment by the entrepreneur, his supplier, importer or producer in which he grants the consumer certain rights or claims that go beyond what the consumer is legally obliged in case he has failed in the performance of his part of the contract.

 

Article 13 - Delivery and execution

  1. The entrepreneur will take the greatest possible care in receiving and executing orders of products and in assessing applications for the provision of services.
  2. The place of delivery is the address that the consumer has made known to the entrepreneur.
  3. Subject to what is stated in Article 4 of these General Terms and Conditions, the Entrepreneur shall execute accepted orders expeditiously but at the latest within 30 days, unless another delivery period has been agreed. If the delivery is delayed, or if an order is not or only partially carried out, the consumer receives them no later than 30 days after he placed the order. In that case, the consumer has the right to dissolve the agreement free of charge and is entitled to any compensation.
  4. After dissolution in accordance with the previous paragraph, the entrepreneur will immediately refund the amount paid by the consumer.
  5. The risk of damage and/or loss of products rests with the entrepreneur until the moment of delivery to the consumer or a previously appointed and announced representative, unless expressly agreed otherwise.

 

Article 14 - Duration transactions: duration, termination and renewal

Resignation:

  1. The consumer may contract for an indefinite period of time and that extends to the regular delivery of products (including electricity) or services, terminate at any time subject to agreed termination rules and a notice of up to one month.
  2. The consumer may contract for a definite period and that extends to the regular delivery of products (including electricity) or services, at any time at the end of the definite period terminate, subject to agreed termination rules and a notice of up to one month.
  3. The consumer may conclude the contracts referred to in the previous paragraphs:
    - terminate at any time and not be limited to termination at a specific time or in a specific period of time;
    - at least denounce them in the same way as they were entered into by him;
    - always terminate with the same notice as the entrepreneur has stipulated for himself.

 Extension:

  1. A contract entered into for a definite period of time for the regular delivery of products (including electricity) or services may not be tacitly renewed or renewed for a definite period of time.
  2. Contrary to the previous paragraph, a fixed-term contract that has been concluded for the regular delivery of daily news and weekly newspapers and magazines may be tacitly renewed for a fixed period of up to three months, if the consumer at the end of the extension may terminate the contract with a notice of up to one month.
  3. A fixed-term contract that has been concluded for the regular delivery of products or services may only be tacitly renewed for an indefinite period of time if the consumer may at any time terminate with a notice of up to one month. The notice period is a maximum of three months in case the agreement covers the regular, but less than once a month, delivery of daily, news and weekly newspapers and magazines.
  4. An agreement with a limited duration for the regular delivery of daily newspapers, news and weekly newspapers and magazines (trial or introductory subscription) will not be tacitly continued and will end automatically at the end of the trial or introductory period.

Expensive:

  1. If a contract has a duration of more than one year, after one year the consumer may terminate the contract at any time with a notice of up to one month, unless the reasonableness and fairness opposes termination before the end of the agreed term.

 

Article 15 - Payment

  1. Unless otherwise stipulated in the agreement or additional conditions, the amounts owed by the consumer must be paid within 14 days after the start of the cooling-off period, or in the absence of a cooling-off period within 14 days after the conclusion of the agreement. In the case of an agreement to provide a service, this period shall commence on the day after the consumer has received confirmation of the agreement.
  2. When selling products to consumers, general terms and conditions may never oblige the consumer to pay more than 50% in advance. If advance payment has been stipulated, the consumer may not assert any rights regarding the execution of the order or service(s) in question before the stipulated advance payment has been made.
  3. The consumer has the duty to report any inaccuracies in the payment details provided or stated to the entrepreneur without delay.
  4. If the consumer does not meet his payment obligation(s) on time, after the proprietor has drawn his attention to the late payment and the proprietor has given the consumer a period of 14 days in which to still meet his payment obligations, after failing to pay within this 14-day period, the consumer will owe the statutory interest on the amount still owed and the proprietor is entitled to charge the extrajudicial collection costs he has incurred. These collection costs amount to a maximum of: 15% over outstanding amounts up to € 2,500; 10% over the next € 2,500 and 5% over the next € 5,000 with a minimum of € 40. The entrepreneur may deviate from the amounts and percentages mentioned for the benefit of the consumer.

 

Article 16 - Complaints procedure

  1. The entrepreneur has a sufficiently publicized complaints procedure and handles the complaint in accordance with this complaints procedure.
  2. Complaints about the implementation of the agreement must be submitted to the entrepreneur within a reasonable time after the consumer has discovered the defects, complete and clearly described.
  3. Complaints submitted to the entrepreneur will be answered within a period of 14 days from the date of receipt. If a complaint requires a foreseeable longer processing time, the entrepreneur will respond within the period of 14 days with a message of receipt and an indication when the consumer can expect a more detailed answer.
  4. The consumer should give the entrepreneur at least 4 weeks to solve the complaint in mutual consultation. After this period, a dispute arises that is subject to dispute resolution.

 

Article 17 - Disputes

Agreements between the entrepreneur and the consumer to which these general terms and conditions apply, are exclusively governed by Dutch law.

 

Article 18 - Additional or different provisions

Additional provisions or provisions deviating from these general terms and conditions may not be to the consumer's detriment and must be recorded in writing or in such a way that they can be stored by the consumer in an accessible manner on a durable data carrier.

 

Annex I: Model withdrawal form

(complete and return this form only if you wish to revoke the agreement)

You can download the model revocation form in PDF format at http://www.fietsknecht.nl/pdf/herroepingformulier_fietsknecht.pdf.