Roadworthiness Testing Update

FEMA logoOur colleagues in FEMA advise us that the Roadworthiness Testing process took a positive step forward today with the influential Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee voting to change the proposal from a regulation to a directive and to exclude motorcycles entirely.

Although the key vote on the proposals does not take place until May 30th, the fact that the IMCO committee has aligned itself with the European Council shows that the original proposal is simply a step too far for most.

MAG Ireland has engaged with the Irish MEP’s to highlight what we regard as serious flaws in the Commissions proposal, particularly around the numbers used to justify the inclusion of motorcycles in mandatory testing regimes, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their time and their efforts to get to the truth behind the claims made by the EU Commission. All of the Irish MEP’s have responded, and a number have gone to significant lengths in engaging with MAG Ireland to better understand the riders point of view. We continue to communicate with the Irish MEP’s on these proposals.

While the process is by no means over, it has at least taken a step in the right direction with the recognition that mechanical failure of the motorcycle is simply not a significant cause of motorcycle accidents. We in MAG Ireland will continue to work with and through FEMA to monitor the process at the EU level.

Click here for more details and to read the FEMA statement on this development.

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