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N/A | National EU latest news from EU and restrictions/requirements on motorcycles

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by robsalvv, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Here's the latest news from Europe - summary: ABS on motorbikes >51cc capacity, non tampering rules so that motorbikes can't be made faster, tighter emission specs and acceptance of the role motorcycles can play in decreasing congestion.

    These pollies are asking for ABS on the equivalent of mopeds. Are these politicians barking mad? The world seems a little nuttier today.

    The non tampering laws related to power train tampering - riders will still be able to customise their bikes though.

    Nice to know that the EU acknowledges the role that PTW's can play in managing congestion.

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    Motorbikes need to be safer and greener, Internal Market Committee MEPs
    New rules to make motorbikes safer and more environmentally friendly got the thumbs up from Parliament's Internal Market Committee on Monday, when it adopted a report on a common system of type approval for powered two-wheel vehicles ranging from mopeds to heavy motorcycles.
    The committee points out that Europe's cities would be much less congested and cleaner if more two-wheeled vehicles were used. However, given that motorbikes, scooters and mopeds currently account for 16 per cent of the deaths on Europe's road, even though they only make up two per cent of traffic, they must be made safer.
    "From today, riding a motorbike has become greener and safer", said Wim van de Camp (EPP, NL), who is steering the legislation through Parliament. "These vehicles will increase urban mobility, use less space, waste less energy and have a reduced level of emissions."

    Safer vehicles
    The committee says that under the new rules to be met by the motorcycle industry, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) must be fitted to all bikes with engines above 51 cc. This is stricter than the Commission's original proposal of mandatory ABS systems for bikes over 125 cc.
    MEPs support new anti-tampering measures designed to make it impossible to increase the speed of the vehicles by tampering with their powertrain, while ensuring that these measures will not prevent bikers from modifying their vehicles in other ways. MEPs also welcome the tougher rules on llghting in order to improve visibility
    MEPs stress that manufacturers must provide unrestricted access to vehicle repair and maintenance information for everyone, including independent dealers and repairers, to ensure that the vehicles are maintained safely.

    Cleaner engines
    Two, three and four-wheel (L-category) vehicles emit a disproportionally high level of pollutants. MEPs want to bring down these levels by extending the Euro 3 standards to mopeds from 1 January 2016, with the more stringent Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards for heavy motorbikes from 2016 and Euro 6 limits from 2020.
    The committee is also calling on the Commission to carry out a comprehensive environmental impact study by 1 January 2016 to evaluate the air quality and share of pollutants contributed by L-category vehicles..
    It welcomes the gradual introduction of increasingly advanced On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) systems to monitor malfunctions and hence make information on emissions easily available so that the vehicle can be repaired.
    A total of around 30 million vehicles are included in the L-category which covers a wide range of vehicles including motorbikes, scooters, mopeds, electric bicycles, all terrain vehicles and quads.
    Mr Van De Camp's draft report was adopted by 28 votes, with none against and three abstentions.
    Next steps
    The committee will now decide on whether to open negotiations with the Council with a view to reaching agreement.at first reading on the new regulation harmonising conditions for the approval of L-category vehicles.

    In the Chair: Committee Chair Malcolm Harbour (ECR, UK)

  2. What is this supposed to mean?
    Do they mean top speed or acceleration?
    Would that prevent riders adding teeth to a rear sprocket?
    Because that would lower the top speed in many bikes, but it's still altering the powertrain
    and would increase acceleration.
    Is this supposed to mean no alterations to the powertain at all or just none that increase 'speed'?

    It's also altogether stupid. Are thay saying that there's no issue with some bikes topping out at over 300, but you can't remap the ecu on your 600 to get smoother power delivery because it'll now be able to do 270 instead of 260?

    And all that's leaving aside the fact that there are already speed limits on almost every road in existence. What exactly is this piece of idiocy supposed to achieve?

    I'd love to see how they think this is going to work.
    ECU monitoring would be realtively simple to legislate, but also pretty simple to bypass.
    How are they going to tell if I de-restrict an airbox?
    What about freeing up the exhaust?
    What about sprocket ratio changes - especially seeing as Sprockets are a frequently replaced item?
    Hell, I could alter the speed of a bike by changing out the rear wheel for one with a different final circumference

    This strikes me as being monumentally stupid in addition to unenforceable.
    Not one of the 31 numpties involved voted against this?
  3. Given that most European nations are broke, the chances of this happening is thankfully small :LOL:
  4. Stop the world, I want to get off.
  5. Actually chance of it happening, well, by the way the article reads, it just happened. The chances of it being enforced are relatively minor, because, well, it's Europe. The sole purpose of the place is to generate red tape Humprey Appleby style.
  6. What a basket case Europe has become. With stuff like this it’s easy to see why their economy has gone down the toilet.

    There seems to be a reoccurring theme in that countries that continually restrict freedoms seem to have worsening economies.
  7. So, have you actually done any sort of economic research into the the state of the Mediterranean countries currently and how it got there? It got there much the reverse of what you are suggesting.

    For example.
    There are more Porches in Greece than there are people who pay tax in the over 30k tax bracket.
    Hairdressers are considered a vital industry in need of economic protection.
    Just about every industry in a country is protected by the governments. There was a bit of kerfuffle about holden and ford getting some government funding over imported manufacturers. This occurs on a much greater scale in Spain and France, in almost all industries, not just automotive. It sent Spain under, and France is slowly following.

    Europe got the way it is by trying to levy themselves, which could be seen as trying to protect their freedoms if you know how to look at it.

    Greece is officially a joke. "Ok guys, our debt is approaching 200% of our GNP and accelerating. We're going to have to cut some spending and raise taxes a bit" So what do people do? They riot for two weeks or however long it was.

    On the other hand, Australia currently has a protected economy that is second to no western nation that I can think of. Other countries have gone to war for less.
  8. EU motorcyclists haven't taken well to all of the market committee's recommendations.

    British Motorcyclist Federation has started the return salvo.

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    Battle Lines Drawn on Type Approval
    7 December 2011

    A key vote by a European Parliament committee has set the scene for a battle royal over the toughest technical proposals yet to threaten European motorcyclists say the BMF.

    On Monday the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee voted through stringent proposals for the regulation, approval and market surveillance of motorcycles, three wheelers and quadricycles.

    The IMCO committee vote is an early stage of the legislative process and is in effect a recommendation to the European Parliament. If the European Parliament take the same view, it would mean that from 2014, measures to prevent power-train modifications* must be devised and applied by manufacturers and also that owners must present their motorcycles for inspection after carrying out ‘substantial’ modifications. It would also mean that as from 2016, tighter emission laws would apply and all machines would have to be fitted with ABS, not just those over 125cc as previously tabled.

    The European Parliament final vote will be held in the New Year but on the positive side say the BMF, IMCO chairman Malcolm Harbour will conduct an impact assessment dealing with timelines, emission limits, ABS and anti-tampering measures, the outcome of which is expected to influence the European Parliament's final vote.

    Speaking after the vote, Chris Hodder, the BMF’s Government Relations Executive said: “Rather than protecting the right to enjoy their property, IMCO MEPs are recommending that it be curtailed. Some requirements such as those for durability and improved access to repair and maintenance information are good, but others that restrict the owners right to adapt and modify their own machines strike at the very core of motorcycling and are totally unnecessary.”

    The BMF is now stepping up its lobbying of UK Government and MEPs through its membership of FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations.

    Power-train modifications will mean manufacturers employing measures to prevent subsequent modifications by the user that may have adverse effects on safety or the environment. Additionally IMCO added a new article 18a which requires that users seek inspection and approval ‘by the competent authorities’ in case of substantial power-train modifications.

    A detailed report on the IMCO vote will soon be available on the FEMA website: www.fema-online.eu

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    There's a report on the FEMA site which has a link to the official EU parliament TV interview with FEMA. Part of the interview features some other chick politician extolling the virtues of ABS... but the interesting bit is that the voice over says that ABS may become mandatory due to the lobbying of a manufacturer. Bosch are a powerful organisation.