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Old 22-07-2010, 04:20 PM
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European Commission – Carrot and Stick

22nd July 2010

The European Commission (EC) has announced it is adopting challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next 10 years.

The initiatives proposals range from setting higher standards for vehicle safety, to improving the training of road users, and increasing the enforcement of road rules in order to halve the overall number of road deaths in the European Union by 2020 starting from 2010.

What does this mean for motorcyclists?

The European Commission has given the first public hints on what they are proposing to initiate through “a new focus on motorcyclists”, this focus is linked to the new proposed framework regulation for motorcycles, which seeks to regulate emissions and the safety of motorcycles.

The reason that there is this new focus on motorcyclists appears to be, according to the EC, that while other vehicle transport modes have shown significant decreases in fatalities and serious injuries over time, those for PTW riders (motorcyclists) have exhibited a much lower decrease or have remained even static - between 2001 and 2008 4% compared to 35% for car occupants and drivers.

Riders of motorcyclists and mopeds have also been grouped with other vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians who according to the EC “have a high number of fatalities and serious injuries, in 2008 representing 45% of all road deaths and statistics which shows that they have not been given insufficient attention until now”.

The EC makes noises about Motorcycle forums for discussion “permitting” riders to exchange views with the policy strategists and decision makers on their future needs and expectations. While giving the illusion of consulting with riders, organizations and the motorcycle industry, their agenda appears to be already set regarding motorcyclists and motorcycles. The question begs, what are the advantages of all this inclusion?

Well, the EC have proposed how the problem of motorcyclists' safety should be addressed through a range of actions, with a view to:

Improving awareness of PTW riders by other road users.
Encouraging research and technical developments aimed at increasing PTW’s safety and reducing the consequences of accidents.
To develop technical standards on protective equipment such as clothing, and to study the feasibility of equipping motorcycles with an airbag and/or including the airbag in the protective clothing.
The use of relevant ITS applications (e.g. eCall).
Mandatory fitting of Advanced Brake Systems, mandatory Automatic Headlamp On and updated anti-tampering measures (so speed controls cannot be removed) for certain categories of PTWs, etc.
Encouraging Member States to focus enforcement on speed, drink and driving, helmet use, tampering and riding without a proper PTW licence.
Propose to extend to PTWs the existing EU legislation concerning roadworthiness testing.
On-going efforts to better adapt road infrastructure to PTWs (e.g. safer guardrails) should also be continued.
This new focus on motorcyclists looks like a carrot and stick approach from the EC. While dangling the carrot of let’s sit down and have a dialogue so you can tell us what your views and concerns are and addressing some of those concerns. -

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Inspite of the fact that motorcycle casualties have decreased throughout Europe, we don’t think that they’ve decrease enough, so we’ll bring in our big stick of legislation and here is what we are going to do to save you by using our rules and our regulations.

The EC has laid out three actions which should be undertaken as a priority:

The establishment of a structured and coherent cooperation framework which draws on best practices across the Member States, as a necessary condition to implement in an effective manner the road safety policy orientations 2011-2020.
A strategy for injuries and first aid to address the urgent and growing need to reduce the number of road injuries.
The improvement of the safety of vulnerable road users, in particular motorcyclists for whom accidents statistics are particularly worrying.
The objectives to achieve these actions are:

Improve education and training of road users.
Increase enforcement of road rules.
Safer road infrastructure.
Safer vehicles.
Promote the use of modern technology to increase road safety.
Improve emergency and post-injuries services.
Protect vulnerable road users.
The text and documentation from the European Commission appears initially to have possible advantages for motorcyclists, which includes – Safer road infrastructure, Improve emergency and post-injuries services, Improve education and training of road users, specifically regarding car drivers.

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird, says, “We have been in direct contact with the EC (DG Enterprise)regarding the framework regulations and were told that these would be presented in the Autumn. However it appears that the EC (DG MOVE responsible for Road Safety) have slipped in their proposals before any official announcement on the framework regulations, while the EU Parliament is in recess with the rest of Europe on holidays”.

Links

Read the full report from Right To Ride http://www.righttoride.co.uk/?p=2626

Read the EC text and reports at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_s...11_2020_en.htm

Read what Right To Ride said regarding the European Forum http://www.righttoride.co.uk/?page_id=2326 and proposed Type Approval requirements for motorcycles http://www.righttoride.co.uk/?page_id=968

View why mandatory ABS is not suitable for all countries http://www.fema-online.eu/index.php?...t01returnid=15

Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs – Euro speak for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds which would include trikes and sidecar combinations.)

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Trevor Baird

www.righttoride.co.uk
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I gave up, costs had to be cut and an extra £5 on the membership fee was a silly idea.... Also i pay my due, see so and so is in consultation with ministers etc etc... but when it comes to the crunch they have no effect on outcome.... we're feked!!!!
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I gave up, costs had to be cut and an extra £5 on the membership fee was a silly idea.... Also i pay my due, see so and so is in consultation with ministers etc etc... but when it comes to the crunch they have no effect on outcome.... we're feked!!!!
Not actually surprised with an attitude like that ...
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Here's another EU directive that will affect everyone.

http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/07/16/ar...eady-for-2012/

It says tyres, I assume that means tyres for all vehicles, not just cars.

Cheap tyres will obviously become a thing of the past.
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Not actually surprised with an attitude like that ...
Not so much, I think there are better ways to get things done... If everyone in mag got properly political ie - ran for office, local councils, EU Mps etc... we would have better success... rather than campaigning on the sidelines!
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Not so much, I think there are better ways to get things done... If everyone in mag got properly political ie - ran for office, local councils, EU Mps etc... we would have better success... rather than campaigning on the sidelines!
No success? Funny then how they've been described by the powers-that-be as the best political lobbying group around or that their open air hustings events at the recent General Elections were the best attended ones in the country during the Election or how they've just got the Government to scrap the ridiculous new bike testing facilities and tests that've caused multiple accidents ...
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Here's another EU directive that will affect everyone.

http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/07/16/ar...eady-for-2012/

It says tyres, I assume that means tyres for all vehicles, not just cars.

Cheap tyres will obviously become a thing of the past.
Yep, we discussed this Down The Pub earlier this week.

http://www.100-biker.co.uk/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42422
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Gothtec. MAG have done a hell of a lot of lobbying over the years, much of it behind the scenes, quietly and with no fuss. Success can be quantified in many ways, but the fact that we can still build custom bikes and ride them is one particular success that cannot be quantified as it is an ongoing fight. A long and drawn out game of chess if you like, where skilful manoeuvring and political acumen can only be fully utilised as long as we support their aims.

Whether you are a full member, or an affiliate member through another organisation, (the N.A.B.D. for example) you can be assured that MAG will continue to fight for us each and every day to keep us on the road.
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how they've just got the Government to scrap the ridiculous new bike testing facilities and tests that've caused multiple accidents ...
Cough* more likely the new government suddenly thought "How much!!!" and then went "bollox to that! europe can sod off on that one!"...
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whats the condensed version?
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http://www.righttoride.co.uk/?p=2626

- To study the feasibility of equipping motorcycles with an airbag and/or including the airbag in the protective clothing.
- Mandatory fitting of Advanced Brake Systems,
- Mandatory Automatic Headlamp On and
-Updated anti-tampering measures (so speed controls cannot be removed) for certain categories of PTWs, etc.
- The use of relevant ITS applications (e.g. eCall) but may also include throttle control.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...2379785&ref=mf
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...are you young Gothtec ? IMHO you would have made a crap punk .....
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http://www.fema-online.eu/index.php?...t01returnid=57

MAG UK

http://www.mag-uk.org/en/newsdetail/a6762

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