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The Safety of Your L-Category is in Question

European Commission long due Regulation on

type-approval of vehicles

According to ACEM, approach taken by the European appears sound, but the specificity of the and appropriate lead-time have not been properly considered – crucial technical points open.

Brussels, 4.10.2010 – the European Commission adopted a anticipated proposal on new type-approval of vehicles. This proposal provisions on many different and environmental requirements for a wide of vehicles such as two- or powered cycles, mopeds, with and without a side-car, on-road quads and mini-cars. The of ACEM, the European Motorcycle Association, have been policy makers for a regulatory with a long-term vision employment and the competitiveness of the sector in

Whilst broadly speaking the approach of the European Commission sound, according to ACEM’s, in its today’s proposal missed out on important aspects which need to be carefully considered by and European Parliament. These technical points will need to be addressed in the development of the additional Regulations announced by the Commission, which will test procedures, technical and administrative provisions.

This regulation falls a critical time for the motorcycle The economic crisis triggered a in registrations of L-category vehicles. In the EU market has shrunk by one third to pre-crisis figures.

The first of 2010 recorded a -30% to the same period of 2008, that this sector is far from recovery.

In this ACEM wishes to underline the importance of the progressive introduction of and safety measures allowing for lead-time, for new and existing types. This is important given the price that the proposed legislative will have, especially for and medium displacement vehicles.

The EC proposed provisions in regards to surveillance are welcome to safeguard operators against unfair and, provided they are effectively, will ensure a level playing field and non-compliant products from the EU market, while restoring in EU legislation.

The Motorcycle Industry in is looking forward to working the European Commission, the European and the Council on this proposal and release more detailed in the coming days.

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Stefan Pierer, ACEM and CEO of Austrian manufacturer KTM Sport stated: “Since 2004 Members have been at the of road safety, with commitments on Automatic Headlamp On and Braking Systems.  In regards to measures, Industry proposals been laid out already in presenting the EC with a feasible While the document reflects of the industry proposals, the addition of technically unrealistic requirements, do not take into account production and market realities, are of concern and require further reflections, to ensure competitiveness and in the sector.”

Note to editors :

ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in is the professional body representing the and combined skills of 12 powered two (PTWs) manufacturers producing a of 26 motorcycle and moped brands, and 15 associations out of 13 European countries, jobs to over 150.000 The aggregated turnover of the PTW sector plus upstream and downstream amounted to Euro 34 billion in Manufacturers alone account for 7 billion.

The members of ACEM are for 90% of the production and up to 80% of the European powered (PTW) market.

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