Brussels, 20 November 2012
The European Parliament adopted the proposed compromise on type approval and market surveillance of L-category vehicles after lengthy debates on 20 November 2012. The compromise was broadly welcomed by Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General: “The agreement endorsed today by MEPS contains some important elements for European motorcyclists: provisions on access to repair and maintenance information and early mandatory implementation of anti-lock braking systems for motorcycles above 125 cc”.
As motorcyclists remain a particularly vulnerable part of the traffic, the FIA Region I supports the idea to commission a report on the feasibility and cost-benefit analysis of fitting anti-lock braking systems for smaller motorcycles by the end of 2019. Meanwhile, the mandatory fitting of either combine or anti-lock braking systems for the smaller categories ensure that urban users will also get some improvements in braking distances.
In the framework of the FIA Action for Road Safety, FIA Region I and its members will launch, at the beginning of 2013, an initiative which will investigate technologies available to improve motorcycle safety so as to promote the most efficient ones. Activities, including analysis of market penetration of safety technologies, technical tests on braking systems, end user training and awareness raising, will be performed in Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovenia.
FIA Region I has consistently called for an early mandatory fitting of anti-lock braking systems for motorcycles of above 125cc, given their proven safety record and relatively low cost. Research carried out by FIA Clubs shows that up to 500 lives will be saved by moving the implementation date from 2017 to 2016 for new types and from 2018 to 2017 for old vehicles.
Notes for the Editor:
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.
After 4 years the Commission should present a cost-effectiveness analysis for anti-lock braking systems for smaller motorcycles, with recommendations as to whether this system should be made mandatory.
The provisionally agreed text still needs to be formally endorsed by Council later his year.
FIA Region I
FIA Region I represents from its Brussels Office 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, which total more than 36 million members, among which more than 8 million are motorcyclists. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.