IMCO Vote Postponed

IMCO Vote Postponed to November 22nd

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We have just received information from the office of Malcolm Harbour, Chairman of the IMCO Committee and Shadow Rapporteur for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), that the vote regarding the amendments in the IMCO has been postponed.

The vote regarding amendments tabled to the European Commission proposal for an EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles, due on the 17th of October, has been postponed to the 22nd of November.

We reported recently that the MCWG – Motor Cycle Working Group, held on Friday 16th of September (which is one of a number of working groups set up by the Commission to assist in proposing EU legislation or exercising tasks of monitoring and coordination/cooperation in relation with EU policies) had met to again to discuss the issues surrounding the Commission’s proposals.

The commission informed the MCWG meeting that the timetable for implementing the proposed regulations had been changed.

As the Rapporteurs in charge of the IMCO amendments are sorting out these for the final vote, we were told that there is a desire to get to the bottom of the issues and to better align and take into account the progress in the Council and introduction dates.

The council is made up of ministers from the Member States.

It exercises legislative power in co-decision procedures with the European Parliament.

While the IMCO vote is postponed we can only speculate at the moment that this will have a knock on effect and postpone the first reading and vote in the European Parliament, intended for November or December.

It would seem that the whole process is up in the air and from our perspective, the more time they take to get it “right”, hopefully the more chance there is for common sense to prevail, as well as giving riders throughout Europe a better understanding of what the issues really are.

The way we see it, at the moment there is a lot of misinformation circulating and this is just confusing everybody.

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