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7 out of 10 Belgians convinced of motorcycling benefits, survey by Multiscope finds
18 Apr 2014

A recent study by Multiscope, an independent research firm, has found that more than two thirds of Belgians (69%) are convinced of the benefits of motorcycling. The survey also reveals that enthusiasm for motorcycling is particularly high among two groups (people younger than 34, and between 34 and 54 years old).

French DSCR launches new protective gear campaign 'The more equipped you wear, the better protected you are'
14 Apr 2014

The more equipped you wear, the better protected you are” (“Plus vous êtes équipé, plus vous êtes protégé”). Such is the theme of the latest campaign launched by the French Interministerial delegation for road safety and road traffic (DSCR) yesterday. The campaign aims to raise awareness among riders about the importance of wearing adequate personal protective equipment.

Honda announces the launch of the 4th edition of "Rider of the Year" competition
09 Apr 2014

Honda Motor Europe Spain recently announced the launch of the 4th edition of the Rider of the Year competition. Participants must be aged 18 or over and have a driving license of type A or A2. The drivers who demnstrates the highest degree of riding skill and safety awareness and will receive a NC750X equipped with ABS as a prize.

Honda Motor Europe Spain recently announced the launch of the 4th edition of the Rider of the Year competition.

The Rider of the Year competition is divided into two phases. During the first phase participants are required to answer an online questionnaire which includes questions on motorcycling techniques, driving legislation and first aid. The questionnaire will be available here until 14 May. The 20 contestants with the best scores will continue to the next phase. Their names will be announced on 15 May.

During the second phase of the competition, the shortlisted participants will be required to successfully pass a series of practical and theoretical tests. The exams will take place on 7 June at the Honda Safety Institute in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona. The rider who demonstrates the highest degree of riding skill and safety awareness will receive a NC750X equipped with ABS as a prize. All the other finalists will also receive prizes.

Participants must be aged 18 or over and have a driving license of type A or A2. The 2013 edition of Rider of the Year competition attracted more than 4,600 participants. More detailed information can be found at http://www.honda-montesa.es/concurso-honda/ 

The Honda Safety Institute (“Honda Instituto de Seguridad” or HIS) opened its doors in September 2009. The centre was originally created with the aim of providing training for motorcyclists. Nearly 11,000 motorcyclists have been trained in this facility to become better riders, improving their own safety and that of other road users.

2013 statistics of the powered two-wheeler market now available (revised version)
01 Apr 2014

This statistical release for 2013 updates with the provisional data that was presented during the ACEM 10th annual conference on 29 January 2014. It contains data on powered-two-wheelers (PTW) deliveries and registrations, circulating park, production and best sold models in a pannel of countries including all EU members states, EFTA members, Turkey and Macedonia. 

The report reflects data received up to March 2014. A PDF version of the document is accesible here.

January and February statistics of PTW registration in the European Union now available
01 Apr 2014

A total of 121,478 powered two wheelers (PTWs) were sold between January and February 2014. This represents an increase of 8.6% with respect to the same period for 2013, when 111,879 units were sold. Most of the largest European markets performed well on a year-to-year basis. Sales increased on key markets including Germany (+24.1%), Spain (+8.7%), UK (+4.2%) and France (+1.8%). The Italian market for PTWs, however, contracted by 3%.

The full press release in PDF format is available here.

IMMA to organise conference on road safety on May as a side event to the International Transport Forum in Leipzig
18 Mar 2014

As a side event to the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany (21-23 May 2014), the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) will organise a conference on safer motorcycling. The definitive program of the conference will be available here in the coming weeks. 

The Forum for the Automobile and Society to host debate on the future of mobility in Europe
17 Mar 2014

The Forum for the Automobile and Society will host on 2 April 2014 a debate on the future of mobility in Europe with members of the three larger political groups of the European Parliament. The discussions will address some of the key challenges the next Parliament will face in connection with transport and mobility policies.

Registration for this event is possible here.

Implementing acts of the PTW regulation officially published in the Official Journal
14 Feb 2014

Two delegated regulations on vehicle functional safety requirements and on vehicle construction and general requirements for the approval of two- or three- wheel vehicles and quadricycles were published in the Official Journal of the EU in January. The two pieces of legislation supplement the provisions of Regulation 168/2013 (PTW regulation).

 

A delegated regulation on vehicle functional safety requirements (RVFSR delegated regulation) and a delegated regulation on vehicle construction and general requirements for the approval of two- or three- wheel vehicles and quadricycles (RVCR delegated regulation) were published in the Official Journal of the EU on 10 January and 28 January respectively. The two pieces of legislation supplement the provisions of Regulation 168/2013 on the on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles (PTW regulation).

The publication of these two acts is certainly not the last step in the implementation of the PTW regulation. A delegated regulation on environmental and propulsion performance requirements (delegated act) will most likely be published in the coming weeks. Furthermore the Commission services are currently working with Member States’ experts on a regulation on administrative requirements (implementing act) .

ACEM continues to closely monitor this process in order to ensure that the PTW regulation is fully and properly implemented and that these new rules are workable for both industry and national type-approval authorities.

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