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Default Daytime Running Lights for all vehicles in Europe?

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Press Release
from the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations

4th December 2006


Daytime Running Lights for all vehicles in Europe?
Not at the expense of motorcyclists!


The EC's consultation on Daytime Running Lighs (DRL) closed on November 17th. FEMA's campaign to stop compulsory Daytime Running Lights for all vehicles becoming a pan-European requirement received a major boost at FIA seminar on DRL last week.

The European Commission's consultation on DRL "Saving Lives with Daytime Running Lights" closed on November 17th. The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA), very concerned by the EC's intention to introduce compulsory DRL for all vehicles in Europe, sent its response, questioning the validity of the research on which the European Commission's proposal was based and the positive conclusions in favour of the introduction of DRL as a pan-European measure.

At a seminar organised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) following the closing of the EC consultation, FEMA once again challenged the road safety benefits of DRL and sought reassurance that the consultation process within the European Union would not be negated by decisions to push to compulsory DRL.

FEMA was pleased however to see support for its concerns that DRL would result in a loss of conspicuity for motorcyclists, by the British Government. Senior official from the UK Department for Transport, Ian Yarnold, together with a representative of the Transport Research Laboratory, Ian Knight, raised serious doubts about the wisdom of making DRL an issue for European harmonisation and questioned a number of the conclusions reached in the research supporting DRL. Most importantly they maintained that any benefits of DRL would be far outweighed by the costs.

Motorcyclists' representative were further encouraged when the Head of the European Commission's road safety unit, Dr. Totsmann, said that the widespread concerns raised by motorcyclists and other vulnerable road user groups within the consultation process required the Commission to give further consideration to the matter and to engage in discussions with all stakeholders. He further stated that there would be no question of the Commission introducing a measure that would benefit one category of road user to the disadvantage of any other group of road users.

FEMA new General Secretary, Aline Delhaye, says: "We all agree on the overall objective of improving road safety; however FEMA can not accept the current safety-based tactics launched by the pro-DRL lobbies taking advantage of the 2010 casualty reduction objective. Every life whether a car driver, a motorcyclist, a cyclist or a pedestrian, is worth the same. Raising the risk of one category of road users at the cost of saving another is simply ethically unacceptable. I am encouraged by the Commission's recent statement reassuring FEMA that no measure that would endanger any category of road users would be implemented."

To that effect, the announcement of a roundtable with all stakeholders should be seen as a step forward as FEMA does appear at last to have the decision makers prepared to listen to motorcyclists' concerns.


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Note to editors:

FEMA detailed position on Daytime Running Lights can be found on following this link: http://www.fema.ridersrights.org/doc...on_nov2006.pdf


FEMA statement of position

Because of the very difficult situations and conditions in the member states, with no existing viable alternative for motorcycle conspicuity, the recognized environmental cost, FEMA currently opposes the harmonisation of DRL at EU level. DRL should be left to the appreciation of National governments, in accordance with motorcyclists and other vulnerable Road Users' associations.

Based on all the above facts and figures, the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA) is very concerned by the European Commission's intention to introduce compulsory DRL for all vehicles in all countries. FEMA still believes that the measure will lead to a loss of conspicuity for motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users.

There are sufficient doubts concerning both the quality of some of the research and the absence of clear evidence demonstrating the benefits of compulsory DRL for all vehicles from countries where it has been introduced, to warrant its promotion as an issue for compulsory harmonisation.

While perhaps improving car drivers' safety, the measure will do so at the expense of Vulnerable Road Users (VRU), which include motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, at a time when the EU is promoting the use of alternative means of transport, for mobility and environmental reasons. Conspicuity is a key issue for motorcyclists' safety. FEMA believes that the measure of harmonising DRL at European level is being rushed through as, up to now, no alternative has proved to be efficient in terms of re-establishing motorcycle conspicuity. Imposing DRL at European level now would put VRU at much greater risk.

FEMA is also concerned that it will lead to a shift in the responsibility for taking appropriate action to minimise a hazardous situation, away from the car driver onto the motorcyclists, cyclist or pedestrian - this being in large part a consequence of the car driver believing that "I have my lights on so, therefore, I must have been seen by that motorcyclist/cyclist/pedestrian".

This view is all the more important when the environmental cost of DRL for all vehicles is recognised. At a time when we are struggling with global warming, we believe that an energy expending measure such as DRL for all vehicles should only be introduced if it can be clearly demonstrated that its appreciable costs are appreciably outweighed by its benefits. We are of the opinion that this is not the case.

Because of the very different situations and conditions in the member states, with no existing viable alternative for motorcycle conspicuity, the recognized environmental cost, FEMA currently opposes the harmonization of DRL at EU level. DRL should be left to the appreciation of National governments, in accordance with motorcyclists and other Vulnerable Road Users' associations.


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FEMA - Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations
Rue des Champs 62, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 736 9047 / Fax: +32 (0)2 736 9401
http://www.fema.ridersrights.org
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