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MEPs vote against inclusion of PTWs in scope of new Periodic Technical Inspection
31 May 2013

The Commission had proposed to extend EU rules on mandatory vehicle-testing to include motorcycles and scooters. A proposal to introduce minimum European Union standards for roadworthiness tests on motorcycles was rejected by members of the European Parliament's transport committee on 30 May. The European Council had already rejected the idea in December. 

European PTW market down 18.2% in April 2013 due to never-ending winter conditions
24 May 2013

24.5.2013 - Youth unemployment has heavy impact on entry level PTW sales. A protracted rainy and cold climate in April has delayed the start of the motorcycling season. Dramatic unemployment statistics for European Youth are also impacting sales, especially in the entry level segments. These combined factors have contributed to keep the motorcycle market down in April, at -18.2% year to date.

Honda launches 3rd edition of "Rider of the Year" competition
26 Apr 2013

Honda’s successful road safety competition, rewarding riders who demonstrate road safety awareness, will be held in June in Spain.

Market update - European PTW market fell 23.8% in the first quarter of 2013.
25 Apr 2013

The first quarter of 2013 ended down by 23.8%, with Southern Europe continuing to be a motive of serious concern. In March the European PTW market posted the year-on-year decline of 30.6% over the same period in 2012.

Market update - Full updated year 2012
18 Mar 2013

CIACEM confirms the drop of the  European PTW market by 12.7%. 

As announced at ACEM's annual conference, the European market for motorcycles, scooters, tricycles and other vehicles belonging to the L-category, has declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2012. 

Regulation on type-approval of L-category vehicles published in the EU official journal
02 Mar 2013

The EU Regulation on the "approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles" was published today in the EU Official Journal.

This publication follows the protracted negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission, which concluded on 7 December 2012. The compromised reached by the EU instititions seeks to give manufacturers the necessary lead time to adapt to this new legal framework in a particularly challenging economic context

Documents available to download

EU Regulation 168/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles [pdf]

ACEM position paper on the Regulation on type-approval of L-category vehicles

David Cameron praises Wheels to Work as part of the government’s ‘Big Society’
26 Feb 2013

Recognising role of Powered Two-Wheelers in rural areas UK Prime Minister’s bestowed ‘Big Society’ award for Wheels 2 Work scheme.

Market update January 2013
21 Feb 2013


Powered Two-Wheelers sales in the EU start 2013 in the negative: -18.5%.

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