Motorcycles

Motorcycles must face technical inspections in France from October

Motorcycles must face technical inspections in France from October

The French government will be obliged to introduce periodic technical inspections for motorcycles from October following a decision by the country’s supreme court. The government announced and then abruptly withdrew rules on motorcycle technical inspections in October last year, following pressure from motorcycle owners’ groups.  But that decision has now been overturned by the Conseil d’État. An EU law on roadworthiness, agreed back in 2013, gave Member States an exceptionally long lead time of nine […]

France u-turns on technical inspections for motorcycles

France u-turns on technical inspections for motorcycles

The French government’s law to introduce periodic technical inspections for motorcycles from 2022 was announced and then abruptly withdrawn last month, following pressure from motorcycle owners’ groups. An EU law on roadworthiness, agreed back in 2013, gave Member States an exceptionally long lead time of nine years to put in place regular technical tests for motorcycles, with a deadline for 1 January 2022.  At the time, ETSC was critical of […]

Insurance company data reveal biggest crash risks for motorcyclists in Spain

Insurance company data reveal biggest crash risks for motorcyclists in Spain

Speeding (29.3%), alcohol consumption (17.4%) and drink or drug use (10.2%) are the risk factors that most influence fatal motorcycle collisions in Spain, according to a new study by Fundación MAPFRE and the Spanish Roads Association. Not wearing a helmet of the right size, wearing it unbuckled or not wearing a helmet at all are other significant factors according to the report. The study “Roadmap for the improvement of road […]

Parliament wants all motorcycles to be subject to regular technical checks

Parliament wants all motorcycles to be subject to regular technical checks

The European Parliament is urging the European Commission to consider mandating regular technical inspections for all motorcycles in all EU Member States when vehicle roadworthiness rules are revised in 2023.  Only motorcycles above 125cc are required to be checked under rules on regular technical inspections today, though many EU member states require checks on such vehicles anyway. In a report approved by the Parliament’s online plenary session on 3 March, […]

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

70% of road deaths in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Tackling urban road safety must be a key priority for the European Union and European countries over the next decade, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report. **SCROLL DOWN FOR FRENCH AND GERMAN VERSIONS According to the data revealed today, road deaths on urban roads decreased at around half the rate of those on rural roads over the period 2010-2017. (1) Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists […]

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Cities and towns are home to 72% of the population of the European Union. These are the places where the majority of journeys begin and end. These urban centres face multiple, often conflicting needs and challenges when it comes to managing the way people and goods move around. The nature of these challenges is also evolving. Urban populations are increasing, the population is ageing, people are being encouraged to walk […]

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