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“Ready to Ride” motorcycle training programme receives the European Training Quality Label
18 Sep 2019

The “Ready to Ride” motorcycle training programme, by the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Safety (VSV), was today awarded the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label. “Ready to Ride” was introduced in 2015 to promote motorcycle safety training in Belgium. This programme is currently offered across the Belgian region of Flanders in 9 different training centres. Almost 2,000 motorcyclists have followed this programme so far.

The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label was launched in 2016 to promote the best post-licence training programmes in the EU. The scheme is run by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM). A total of 29 training programmes operating in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden have already been recognized with this award.

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Wouter De Clercq, Project manager of the VSV, said: “We believe it is important that motorcyclists take their own responsibility in riding safely with a powered two-wheeler. Riding a motorcycle is far from being an easy task. Motorcyclists, as vulnerable road users, must be aware of any risks on the roads and recognize hazards that are specific to powered two-wheelers”.

“VSV developed its “Ready to Ride” safety training programme precisely to achieve this important objective. The programme is currently delivered in several training centres in Flanders”.

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) said: “Many motorcycle training centres offer excellent post-licence programmes. However, it is not always easy for motorcyclists to know which ones to do. This is why we are delighted to award the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label to this programme. It is the recognition of both the quality of the training programme established by VSV and its commitment to making a positive difference to motorcycle safety”.

“The motorcycle industry fully supports the EU’s objective to reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents on Europe’s roads. This is precisely why our sector is working closely with public authorities, training organisations and users to improve motorcyclists’ safety”.

Press contact

For further information please contact:
Ilaria Balloni. ACEM communications assistant
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P. +32 22 30 97 32

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Informational video by VSV [Dutch]

Documents available to download

Press release - “Ready to Ride” motorcycle training programme receives the European Training Quality Label - English [PDF]

Press release - “Ready to Ride” motorcycle training programme receives the European Training Quality Label - French [PDF]

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European Motorcycle Training Quality Label Award - High resolution photo [jpg]

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ACEM position paper - How will automated cars impact motorcycle safety?
27 Aug 2019

During the last decades the automotive sector has demonstrated great results with the help of new technologies for passive and active safety. The car industry is ready to introduce automation levels 3 and 4 vehicles into the market. As of level 3, which is expected to be introduced in the near future, the responsibility for control is transferred, at least temporarily, to the vehicle.

However, in some cases, modern cars do not have robust enough equipment to detect motorcycles. Automated systems in cars that handle lane changes but do not detect motorcyclists can result in serious road accidents. Moreover, motorcycles are not necessarily in the centre of their lane, another challenge for car sensors.

Consequently, vehicles will have to be able to recognize the complex manoeuvres commonly undertaken by motorcycles in ordinary traffic (e.g. lane utilization, lean for cornering, lane splitting and weaving in traffic, etc.) and react accordingly. This ACEM position paper explains why automation must not only improve convenience for car drivers but also safety for all road users.

Documents available to download

ACEM position paper - How will automated cars impact motorcycle safety?

ACEM contact

Dr Veneta Vassileva. ACEM Safety coordinator

+32 22 30 97 32

Motorcycle registrations in the European Union up by 9.1% during the first half of 2019
09 Aug 2019

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 618,502 units during the first 6 months of 2019, according to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 9.1% compared to the same period of 2018.

With 138,650 units (a 6.2% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (109,606 motorcycles, +12.5%), Germany (105,970 motorcycles, +8.5%), Spain (88,690 motorcycles, +12.6%) and the UK (56,611 motorcycles, +2.3%).

Motorcycle registrations also increased in almost all EU countries.

Moped registrations in the EU increased by 19.5%

The European moped market reached 147,826 units during the first 6 months of 2019. This represents an increase of 19.5% compared to the registration levels of the same period in 2018 (123,712 vehicles). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were France (41,230 units), the Netherlands (31,154 units), Germany (14,629 units), Belgium (13,119 units) and Poland (10,427 units).

Registrations of electric vehicles in the EU up by 70%

Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 35,810 units during the first six months of 2019. This represents a substantial increase of 70% compared to the registration levels of the first half of 2018 (21,062 units).
Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in 2019 are mopeds (28,577 units), followed by motorcycles (5,812 units) and a much smaller number of quadricycles (about 1,421 units).

The largest European markets in terms of volume were France, where combined registrations of mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles totalled 8,723 units (+60.6% on a year-on-year basis), followed by Belgium (8,087 vehicles, +111.0%), the Netherlands (6,321 vehicles, +62.1%), Spain (4,052 vehicles, +35.8%) and Italy (2,426 vehicles, +86.2%).

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - June 2019 [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - June 2019 [xls]

About 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 18 manufacturing companies: 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.

ACEM also represents 18 motorcycle industry associations operating in 15 European countries.

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Ilaria Balloni. ACEM communications assistant
E.   
P. +32 22 30 97 32

Job opening - ACEM is currently looking to expand its team with a new technical officer
19 Jul 2019

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is currently looking to expand its team with a new technical officer. ACEM represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe.

The members of the association include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries.

ACEM works closely with the EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy-areas. These include type-approval of L-category vehicles, environmental legislation, road safety and transport policies and international trade.

Job purpose and description

Based in the Brussels office, the function will report directly to the Technical Manager and the Secretary General.

The Junior Technical Officer will address issues related to:
• European and international vehicle type-approval regulations, and other regulations that influence the design of motorcycles and affect the industry and its products.
• European and International standards.

Key tasks will include:
• Monitoring, reporting, and coordinating activities with experts from the ACEM membership, facilitating the building-up of common industry positions.
• Representing the Motorcycle Industry, in both European and international technical meetings.

Requirements

• Engineering degree (automotive, electromechanical or similar)
• 1-2 years’ work experience, ideally in motorcycle or automotive industry (vehicle or component manufacturing, type-approval or R&D) or equivalent
• Experience with EU and/or national institutions are a plus
• Fluent in English (spoken and written); knowledge of other European languages is a plus
• Ability to work in a dynamic and multicultural team, working in an international environment
• Ability to work autonomously on the assigned tasks in a result-oriented way
• Good analytical and communication skills
• Flexibility and ability to travel

Application

• Please send your CV and motivation letter to   
• Only shortlisted candidates will receive a reply and be invited for an interview
• Deadline for applications: 10 October 2019.

Documents available to download

Job description - Junior technical officer [PDF]

Motorcycle registrations in the EU increased by 19.2% during the first three months of 2019
14 Jun 2019

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU increased in most EU countries during the first 3 months of 2019. According to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), registrations reached 244,991 units. This represents an increase of 19.2% compared to the same period of 2018.

With 54,826 units (a 18.7% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by Germany (44,450 motorcycles, +23.3%), France (43,942 motorcycles, +20.0%), Spain (37,255 motorcycles, +20.5%) and the UK (25,913 motorcycles, +10.3%).

Moped registrations in the EU also increased by 30%

The European moped market reached 52,715 units during the first 3 months of 2019. This represents an increase of about 30.1% compared to the registration levels of the same period in 2018 (40,522 units). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were France (17,997 units), Netherlands (13,040 units), Belgium (4,683 units), Spain (3,993 units) and Italy (3,846 units).

Registrations of electric vehicles up by 71% in the EU

Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 14,251 units during the first three months of 2019. This represents a substantial increase of 71.2% compared to the registration levels of the first three months of 2018 (8,326 units).

Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in the first three months of 2019 are mopeds (11,258), followed by motorcycles (2,295 units). The largest European markets in terms of volume were France, where combined registrations of mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles totalled 4,407 units (+105% on a year-on-year basis), followed by Belgium (2 627 vehicles, +78.5%), Netherlands (2 598 vehicles, +52.6%), Spain (1,632 vehicles, +28%) and Italy (901 vehicles, +49,2%).

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Commenting on the latest figures, Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of ACEM, said:

“The increase in vehicle registrations reflects the overall improving economic conditions across Europe, particularly in the largest EU markets, as well as European citizens’ preference for an an enjoyable and convenient means of transport”.

“At the same time, given the seasonal nature of motorcycle and moped markets, we will need to wait for the registration figures of late July to assess whether 2019 has been a very good year for our industry”.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - Q1 2019 [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical press release - Q1 2019 [xls]

Press contact

Ilaria Balloni
ACEM communications assistant
E.  
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

European Commissioner for Transport endorses the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label
10 Apr 2019

On 4 April 2019, coinciding with the beginning of the motorcycle riding season, the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc addressed a video message to motorcyclists, in which she encouraged riders “to embrace a responsible approach to motorcycling and to attend voluntary advanced safety training on a regular basis”.

Commissioner Bulc pointed out that: “Europe has some high-quality training schemes on offer” and that the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label will help motorcyclists “to identify the very best motorcycle safety training courses available in Europe”. The European Commissioner added: “We are grateful that the European Motorcycling Training Quality Label has been set up, responding to our call for voluntary commitments”.

Stefan Pierer, President of ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, and CEO of KTM, said: “We are delighted that the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label has the support of the European Commissioner for Transport. High quality post-licence training helps motorcyclists to improve their riding skills. It can also make their experience not only more enjoyable but also safer. This label, which is part of the sector’s long-term safety strategy, will have a very positive impact on motorcycle safety across Europe”.

The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is a certification scheme open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe offering advanced safety training. It was launched in 2015 by ACEM and DVR, the German Road Safety Council, with the aim to help motorcyclists to easily identify high-quality post-license training programmes across Europe. Subsequently, the International Motorcycling Federation, FIM, joined the partnership and the European Transport Safety Council, ETSC, provided its endorsement.

To date, a total of 28 post-license motorcycle training programmes have been certified in Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, and further applications are under evaluation (https://motorcycle-training-label.eu).

Media

ACEM press release - European Commissioner for Transport endorses the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label supporting high quality safety training [pdf]

Video message from the Commissioner for Transport

Press contact

Ilaria Balloni. ACEM communications assistant

+32 (0)22 30 97 32

ACEM General Assembly confirms Presidium and welcomes Quadro and TEKNINEN as its two new members
21 Mar 2019

Today the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) held its 29th General Assembly. The event was hosted by Yamaha MBK at its manufacturing facility in Saint-Quentin, France.

The ACEM General Assembly confirmed the current Presidium for a new two-year mandate. President Mr. Stefan Pierer (CEO of KTM AG) and Vice-Presidents Mr. Michele Colaninno (member of Piaggio & C. SpA’s board of directors, CEO and COO of the Immsi Group, which controls the Piaggio Group) and Mr. Markus Schramm (President of BMW Motorrad) will start these new mandates on 1 July 2019.

During the General Assembly, ACEM also welcomed Quadro and Tekninen as new guest members of the European association.

Quadro Vehicles is a Swiss vehicle manufacturer that develops three and four-wheelers used mostly for urban mobility and characterized by a hydro-pneumatic suspension system which grants the vehicles an all-wheel tilting technology. The company, which manufactures both electric and internal combustion engine vehicles, is headquartered in Vacallo, Switzerland, and counts more than 500 retailers in 20 different countries all over the world.

Tekninen, the Association of Finnish Technical Traders, brings together about 380 Finnish companies, with combined annual sales of more than 10 billion Euros, representing about 85% of Finnish businesses. Tekninen’s motorcycle branch, one of the association’s 20 areas of operation, is a forum for companies active in the importing of motorcycles and mopeds, and related services. Tekninen’s motorcycle divisions aims to support the competitiveness of its members and raise industry profile in cooperation with stakeholders.

With the addition of these two members, ACEM's membership will now include a total of 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.

Press contact

Ilaria Balloni. ACEM communications assistant
E.   
M. +32 22 30 16 83

 

Bruxelles Mobilité organises the third edition of the «Brussels motorcyclists’ day»
20 Mar 2019

On Sunday 24 March 2019, the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale will organise the third edition of ‘La journée bruxelloise du motard’ (‘Brussels Motorday’), an initiative by Bruxelles Mobilité in collaboration with Via Secura.

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