EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCES MANDATORY TESTING FOR ALL MOTORCYCLES
If you own a motorcycle more than six years old read this. The European Commission proposes to include all types of powered two wheelers into a regulation on periodic roadworthiness tests and calls for annual inspection intervals for all vehicles more than six years old. It is estimated that the cost to owners of motorcycles would be over 1.2 Billion Euros extra per year. FEMA criticises the proposal as unnecessary and ineffective and is for its withdrawal.
In July 2012, the European Commission published a proposal for a “Regulation on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers”. In this document Motorcycles are included for the first time. The Commission proposes to increase the testing frequency to four years after the date on which the vehicle was first registered, then two years and thereafter annually for all such vehicles.
Therefore nine member states(2) of the European Union will have to comply by introducing periodic testing for motorcycles for the first time, as well as Norway which is affected as an EEA member. It would imply that riders in Europe have to pay at least 1.7 billion euros biannually. It is estimated that 70% of PTWs (Powered Two Wheelers) are older than 6 years.
The Commission argues that technical deficiencies contribute to fatalities proportionately to their contribution to accidents, and estimates that they are “responsible for 6% of all car accidents, translating into 2,000 fatalities and many more injuries yearly [and] 8 % of all motorcycle accidents are linked to technical defects”.
However FEMA argues about the accuracy of such figures. According to their research motorcycle technical failures only account for 0.3% of all primary accident contributing factors. Also it makes the argument that ‘the countries in Europe with periodic testing regimes for PTWs do not show improved accident figures’.
FEMA General Secretary Aline Delhaye states “This is nothing less than a tax on poverty for those who cannot afford a new vehicle every three years”. “In terms of time and money, the cost for citizens is going to be astronomical, with no benefits in return. This is not acceptable. FEMA and its member organisations are going to campaign against this proposal.”
This extra expense on top of initial basic training with typical costs of €525 will surely have an affect on individuals taking up motorcycling in the first place and as a consequence an impact on rider training.