ABS for motorcycles: Council/EP agreement on safer bikes welcomed by FIA Region I
Brussels, 01 October 2012
The mandatory EU-wide introduction of the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) for all new type-approved motorbikes over 125cc from 2016 (rather than the originally proposed date of 2017), was a key point of a provisional agreement reached between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers on Friday 28 September.
Welcoming the move, FIA Region I President Werner Kraus said, “Both the Council and Parliament have recognised the vital role that advanced technologies can play in reducing fatalities on our roads. The mandatory introduction of ABS for larger motorcycles by 2016 will save hundreds of lives, making an important contribution towards meeting the EU’s 2020 road safety targets”. The FIA Region I office in Brussels represents 106 Automobile Clubs, which total more than 36 million members (including some 8 million motorcycle users).
L-category vehicles in the EU (i.e. about 30 million mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads) account for 16% of accident deaths on Europe's roads, even though they make up only 2% of road traffic. And while the current deal only concerns bikes larger than 125cc, an impact assessment to review the new rules after 4 years is included as part of the agreement.
Mr Kraus commented, “In the current economic climate, smaller motorcycles have proved to be an increasingly popular option for travel in urban cities. Motorcycle users remain particular vulnerable, however. For this reason, we welcome the idea of carrying out a cost-effective analysis in 4 years which will look once again at the potential of safety systems for smaller bikes”.
The new rules will also make it more difficult to tamper powertrains to make vehicles go faster, an additional step towards improved road safety which FIA Region I welcomes.
Friday’s agreement still needs to be formally endorsed by the Council and Parliament later this year.
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Legislative Next Steps
The new regulation lays down approval and market surveillance rules for all L-category vehicles in the EU, i.e. about 30 million mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads.
MEPs agreed that under the new rules, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) would have to be fitted to all "bigger" motorbikes (i.e. those over 125 cc), while ABS or combined brake systems (CBS) could be fitted to smaller ones (under 125 cc), including scooters.
After 4 years the Commission should present a cost-effectiveness analysis, with recommendations as to whether the rules should be revised.
The provisionally agreed text still needs to be formally endorsed by Council and Parliament. The deal will be put to an Internal Market Committee vote at the next meeting this month and then a plenary one in November 2012.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office
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