The motorcycle industry welcomes the adoption of the Directive on periodic roadworthiness tests by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The new Directive will require vehicles belonging to categories L3e (motorcycles), L4e (motorcycles with sidecar), L5e (tricycles) and L7e (heavy quadricycles) with an engine displacement of more than 125 cm3 to undergo periodic safety checks from 2022.
The Directive is a step in the right direction, although a future revision of the text should establish minimum requirements regarding the frequency, contents and methods of testing and should include other vehicles such as mopeds and light quadricycles.
Today L-category vehicles are not subject to any form of periodic safety checks in 12 of the 28 EU Member States. Since these inspections are critical to prevent safety failures due to inadequate maintenance (e.g. breakdowns of lighting, tyres or braking systems) and to act against irresponsible tampering of vehicles, this situation should be addressed.
At a time when stringent type-approval requirements for new L-category vehicles are being discussed, legislators should not forget that roadworthiness tests can bring substantial environmental benefits. These tests are the most cost-effective measure to control pollutant emissions, which are mainly generated by older and poorly maintained vehicles.
Commenting on the directive ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “Periodic inspection checks are essential increase safety of all road users and to reduce air pollutant emissions. The motorcycle industry is ready to support public efforts to introduce periodic roadworthiness tests for L-category vehicles by providing the necessary technical expertise and advice.”
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ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in Europe, is the professional body representing the interests and combined skills of 14 manufacturers of L-category vehicles (mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles) and 18 national associations. The sector accounts for 150,000 jobs across the European Union.