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The European Transport Safety Council joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium
07 Dec 2018

Today the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the most important NGO in the field of road safety in Europe, has joined the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium as a supporter member. The Label is a voluntary certification scheme for motorcycle post-licence training programmes. It aims to help motorcyclists easily identify the best safety training programmes in Europe.

Also, the motorcycle training school of the Swedish Association of Motorcyclists (SMC) has recently been awarded the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label for their “Advice and guidelines version 3 - The Basics” programme- The SMC motorcycle training school is the largest training provider in Sweden and offers safety training courses for different levels. More than 10,000 motorcyclists attended 300 SMC courses this year.

This brings the number of certified programmes to 28. Motorcyclists in Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany now know which training schools offer the best post-licence training options.

More information on the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label can be found at: https://motorcycle-training-label.eu/ 

Quotes

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the ETSC, stated that: “In recent years, the safety of vulnerable road users in Europe, including motorcyclists, has not progressed at the same pace as that of car occupants. Much more needs to be done through the introduction of higher safety standards for infrastructure and vehicles, as well as better enforcement and encouraging safer driver and rider behaviour. We are pleased to support the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label with its focus on helping riders choose approved training courses that help raise awareness of the key safety issues. We believe improved rider training can play an important role as part of the safe-system approach to road safety."

According to Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers: “The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy and we are confident that this action contributes to the overall aim of making Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists. We are delighted that the ETSC recognizes the importance of this initiative and has decided to endorse the European Training Quality Label. We also congratulate SMC for joining the group of the best training providers in Europe”.

Jesper Christensen, Secretary General of the SMC, said: “Our members ride 80% of all motorcycle kilometres in Sweden, so their safety is a top priority for us. Our five hundred instructors of the SMC School strive to reach out to more riders and provide safety-orientated and fun motorcycle training. We are really happy that our educational platform has received this important recognition at the European level.”

Documents available to download

Press release - The ETSC joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium - English (pdf) 

Press release - The ETSC joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium - French (pdf)

Press release - The ETSC joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium - German (pdf)

Press release - The ETSC joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium - Italian (pdf)

Press release - The ETSC joins the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium - Spanish (pdf)

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva
ACEM Road Safety Coordinator
Email   
Phone +32 (0)22 30 97 32

Note for editors

About the European Transport Safety Council

ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe. It provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States.

ETSC maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, and public and private sector support. ETSC seeks to promote effective measures on the basis of scientific research and best practices in areas which offer the greatest potential for a reduction in transport crashes and casualties.

It provides factual information through scientific reports, factsheets and newsletters in support of high safety standards in EU harmonisation and the adoption of best practices and transport safety research. To learn more about ETSC please visit: www.etsc.eu

About the Swedish Motorcyclist Association (SMC)

The Swedish Motorcyclists Association – SMC – is an NGO with 21 district organizations, 400 associated clubs and 70,000 individual members. There are 15 fulltime employees and more than 1,000 volunteers on the payroll. MC-Folket, the membership magazine, is the largest motorcycle magazine in Scandinavia.

SMC has national consultation status in Sweden in all matters related to motorcycling as well as road safety. No decisions are made about motorcycles in Sweden without asking SMC. The 500 instructors at the SMC School produce 300 training programme.

SMC is a member of FEMA and FIA. To learn more about SMC please visit https://www.svmc.se/smc/in-english  

About the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label

The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label helps motorcyclists to clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programmes in Europe. The scheme is the result of a partnership between the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, the German Road Safety Council and the International Motorcycling Federation.

The Label, a voluntary certification procedure, is open to a wide range of organizations based in Europe, including, amongst others, training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public bodies. More information can be found at: https://motorcycle-training-label.eu/ 

About the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM)

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. ACEM manufacturing members are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Kymco, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, Piaggio, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

To learn more about ACEM, please visit: http://www.acem.eu 

About the German Road Safety Council (DVR)

The German Road Safety Council (DVR) is the leading independent non-profit road safety NGO in Germany. Founded in 1969, the DVR coordinates a wide range of activities for its 200 members, which include the German Federal Ministry of Transport and the transport Ministries of the Federal States, the Statutory Accident Insurance Institutions, the German Road Safety Volunteer Organisation (Deutsche Verkehrswacht), automobile clubs, vehicle manufacturers, insurance companies, passenger transport operators and trade unions.

The DVR advocates for policy measures that reduce the number of road traffic deaths and injuries in Europe. The key issues DVR deals with include traffic engineering, traffic law, road safety awareness campaigns and general traffic education.

To learn more about the DVR, please visit: https://www.dvr.de 

About the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM)

The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) founded in 1904, is the governing body of motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed of 113 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Of the 50 FIM World Championships, the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trail, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway.

FIM is also actively involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and environmental protection. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994. To learn more about FIM, please visit: http://www.fim-live.com/fr and http://www.fim-publicaffairs.com 

 

Job opening - ACEM is currently looking to expand its team with a new technical officer
15 Nov 2018

ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of motorcycles in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 300,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

ACEM works closely with the EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy-areas. These include vehicle homologation requirements, environmental legislation, road safety and mobility policies, international trade, research etc. For further information, please see www.acem.eu 

ACEM is looking for a highly-motivated Technical Officer to join a dynamic international team.

Job purpose and description

The function aims at monitoring, reporting, and coordinating activities, facilitating the building-up of common positions, and representing the European Industry, where necessary together with experts from the membership, in European and international technical meetings under the authority of the Secretary General and the senior Technical Officer

As interface between EU institutions, stakeholders and ACEM members, the Technical Officer will be based at the ACEM Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium and address issues related to:

  • European and International type-approval regulations, and other regulations that influence the design of motorcycles / affecting the Industry and its products
  • European and International standard
  • Technical regulations and international trade

Requirements

  • University degree in engineering
  • Min. 1-2 years experience in the motorcycle or automotive industry (vehicle or component manufacturing), in type-approval or regulations
  • Experience with / understanding of EU, international or national institutions is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent English. Additional fluency in other EU languages is a plus
  • Excellent organizational, networking and social skills
  • Good analytical, conceptual and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an international team
  • Flexibility and ability to travel

Contract

  • An initial contract of 3 years will be offered to the successful candidate

Application

  • Please send CV and motivation letter to  
  • Only shortlisted candidates will receive a reply. Interviews will be held in Brussels or via Skype
  • Deadline for applications: 15 December 2018

Documents available to download

Job opening - ACEM technical officer (pdf)

Honda Safety Institute receives the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label award
14 Nov 2018

Today the “advanced motorcycling course” of the Honda Safety Institute in Barcelona, received the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label. The award, which recognizes the best post-license training programmes delivered in Europe, was granted after an onsite visit by safety experts from the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the most important German NGO active in the field of road safety.

The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is a voluntary certification scheme launched in 2015 by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers and DVR, to help motorcyclists clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programmes in Europe. The label is open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe, including training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public bodies. To date, a total of 27 post-license motorcycle training programmes have been certified in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany.

The Honda Safety Institute is the latest centre to have received this award. The centre was created in 2009 to provide motorcycle safety training courses and is located in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, close to Barcelona’s metropolitan area. The HSI has 20,000 square meters of tracks and facilities, designed exclusively to train motorcycle users and is the largest facility of its type in Europe. More than 20,000 motorcyclists have been trained at the HSI since its opening in 2009. In 2017 alone, about 3,000 people were trained by Honda at this facility.

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Commenting on the award of the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label, Vito Cicchetti, General Manager of the Motorcycle Division at Honda Motor Europe declared, “I am delighted that our Safety Training Institute has been recognized with this important quality label. Motorcycle safety is at the heart of what Honda does and we want to make sure that people enjoy riding in a safe manner. We, as managers of motorcycle companies, have an important responsibility for how people use our products”.

According to Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), “the motorcycle industry set up the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label, to help motorcyclists identify the best post-license training options. It is extremely important that people learn through adequate and professional training, instead of through trial and error. We are convinced that this initiative will make a positive difference for motorcycle users in Europe”.

Albert Cavero, Public relations ands Motorcycle Safety Manager at Honda Motor Europe Iberia stated: “Riding a motorcycle is much more than simply handling a machine. Basic skills are important, no question about that, but motorcycle safety is more than riding techniques, body positioning, throttle control or braking. That is precisely why at our training centre, we not only teach motorcyclists about motorcycle riding but also about the importance of defensive riding, that is anticipating potentially difficult situations and avoiding them”.

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva
ACEM Road Safety Coordinator
Email    
Phone +32 (0)22 30 97 32

Documents available to download

PRESS RELEASE - Honda Safety Institute receives the European Training Quality Label award - English [pdf]
PRESS RELEASE - Honda Safety Institute receives the European Training Quality Label award - French [pdf]
PRESS RELEASE - Honda Safety Institute receives the European Training Quality Label award - German [pdf]
PRESS RELEASE - Honda Safety Institute receives the European Training Quality Label award - Italian [pdf]
PRESS RELEASE - Honda Safety Institute receives the European Training Quality Label award - Spanish [pdf]

Press photos

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Motorcycle registrations in the EU up by 8.2% during the first nine months of 2018
29 Oct 2018

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 830,694 units during the first 9 months of 2018, according to the latest estimation of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 8.2% compared to the same period of 2017. With 186,487 units (a 5.1% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (146,276 motorcycles, +10%), Germany (140,628 motorcycles, +11.1%), Spain (113,650 motorcycles, +8.0%) and the UK (83,155 motorcycles, +3.7%).

Motorcycle registrations increased in all EU countries, with the exception of Poland, where they went down by 2.3%.

Moped registrations in the EU continue decreasing

The European moped market reached 209,562 units during the first 9 months of 2018. This represents a decrease of about 26.1% compared to the registration levels of the first nine months of 2017 (283,399 units). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (51,498 units), Netherlands (47,260 units), Germany (20,133 units), Italy (16,118 units) and Belgium (15,992 units).

Registrations of electric vehicles in the EU up by 49%

Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 36,270 units during the first nine months of 2018. This represents a substantial increase of 52.8% compared to the registration levels of the same period of 2017 (23,722 units).

Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in 2018 are mopeds (26,210 units), followed by motorcycles (7,652 units) and a much smaller number of quadricycles (about 2,408 units).

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical data - January - September 2018 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - September 2018 [pdf]

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager

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P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

Industry position paper regarding the database foreseen in the Waste Framework Directive
24 Oct 2018

The Circular Economy (CE) strategy and its related measures, such as the recent European Commission communication on the interface between chemicals, products and waste, is an important initiative, for both society and industry. Its ultimate aim is the sustainable use of resources through the entire product lifecycle, which is an aim the above signatory industries fully support.

For the reasons explained in this paper, the signatory industries strongly believe that the database will not achieve its intended objectives to support the CE. In addition, the ECHA proposal will not be workable for industry nor enforceable by authorities. Instead we call for an approach that allows different, flexible and effective CE solutions tailored to the specific circumstances of each industry sector, depending on the complexity and durability of their products.

These industries represent the majority of EU article manufacturers, assemblers, importers and distributors, with wide variety in size, use base and complexity of processes and products. Due to this wide variety and diversity a tailored approach is required not only for technical solutions but also regarding legislative measures.

Documents available to download

Cross Industry Position Paper WFD Database (pdf)

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager
Email.   
Phone number. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

FIM joins the European Training Quality Label to promote better motorcycle training
02 Oct 2018

Today, FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation, joined the European Training Quality Label, an initiative aiming at rewarding the best post-license training schemes in Europe. Representatives of FIM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), and DVR, Germany’s most important road safety NGO, signed a letter formalising this new cooperation during the second day of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference in Cologne, Germany.

The European Training Quality Label that FIM joins today is a voluntary certification scheme launched in 2015 by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers and DVR, the leading German road safety NGO, to help motorcyclists clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programs in Europe. The label is open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe, including training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public bodies. To date, a total of 26 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. 

FIM is the leading governing body of motorcycle sports, and represents 113 motorcycle federations organised in 6 Continental Unions. FIM has been active in the field of road safety since the 1970s, and many of its members have provided safety-oriented training to thousands of motorcyclists across the world. More recently, the organisation launched “We, the riders”, a global road safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about the presence of motorcyclists on the streets.

Steve Aeschlimann, Chief Executive Officer of FIM, says, “We welcome the opportunity to work together with ACEM and DVR and to become a partner of the European Training Quality Label. We at FIM believe that life-long training is essential to improve the safety of motorcyclists on the streets. Many people pass their driving test only once, but they ride their motorcycle daily. We want those motorcyclists to have decent training and to be able to avoid potentially dangerous situations on the streets”. 

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “We are extremely pleased that FIM is joining the ACEM-DVR cooperation. We look forward to working with FIM to promote the best post-license training programs across Europe, and to make Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists”.

Christian Kellner, General Manager of the Road Safety Council (DVR), says, “The human factor has repeatedly been shown to be the most critical factor in accidents involving powered two-wheelers. For this reason, we need to reach out to new and existing motorcycle riders, and help them to make better and more informed decisions about their training, so that they can ride confidently and safely".

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva

ACEM Road Safety Coordinator

Email

Phone +32 (0)22 30 97 32

Documents available to download 

PRESS RELEASE - FIM joins the European Training Quality Label to promote better motorcycle training [pdf]

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - La FIM rejoint le European Training Quality Label pour promouvoir une meilleure formation pour motocyclistes [pdf]

COMUNICATO STAMPA - La FIM collabora con il Label europeo per la qualità della formazione per promuovere una migliore formazione motociclistica [pdf]

PRESSEMITTEILUNG - Besseres Training für Motorradfahrer FIM unterstützt Europäisches Qualitätssiegel [pdf]

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA - FIM se suma al sello de calidad europeo de formación para promocionar una mejor capacitación de conducción de motocicletas [pdf]

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Two motorcycle training programs provided by KTM AG receive the European Training Quality Label award
19 Sep 2018

Today, two of KTM’s Riders Academy training programs were awarded the European Training Quality Label. The award was granted after a site visit and inspection by safety experts from the German Road Safety Council (DVR), a German NGO active in the field of road safety. To date, a total of 24 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Academy, which was launched in 2018, provides courses that build on the latest empirical research on rider behavior and training, as well as the experience of Klaus Schwabe, one of the leading German experts in motorcycle safety. Training sessions are conducted in small groups of no more than six riders per trainer, and are open to motorcyclists using any brand of bike. The KTM Riders Academy plans to organise between 40 and 50 training sessions in Austria and Germany, involving about 300 motorcyclists

Commenting on the award of the European Training Quality Label, Stefan Pierer, President of KTM AG and current President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) says, “I am delighted that the two KTM Riders Academy motorcycle training programs have received this important recognition at the European level. Training at our Academy aims to improve both the cognitive and the motor skills of the motorcyclist, increasing both safety and the pleasure of riding”.

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “The European Training Quality Label is granted to the best post-license training programs in Europe. It is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy, and we are confident that this initiative will help motorcyclists to easily identify the best training programs in Europe”.

Documents available to download

Press photos and full press package [ZIP]

PRESS RELEASE - Two motorcycle training programs provided by KTM AG receive the European Training Quality Label award [PDF]

COMUNICATO STAMPA - Due programmi di scuola guida per motociclisti erogati da KTM AG hanno ricevuto il Label europeo per la qualità della formazione [PDF]

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - Deux programmes de formation pour motocycles de KTM reçoivent le prix du European Training Quality Label [PDF]

PRESSEMITTEILUNG - Zwei von der KTM AG angebotene Motorrad-Trainingsprogramme erhielten die Auszeichnung „European Training Quality Label [PDF]

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva
ACEM Road Safety Coordinator
E.   
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

Motorcycle registrations in the European Union were up 7.2% during the first half of 2018
16 Aug 2018

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 564,850 units during the first 6 months of 2018, according to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 7.2% compared to the same period of 2017.

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