So Far So Good – RWT

hondacb750comber2012big Today the 20th December, the Council of the European Union at its 3213th Council meeting regarding Transport, Telecommunications and Energy, under the present Cyprus Presidency, agreed a general approach on a draft directive updating the common rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles.

For motorcycling, the so called general approach, does not retain the Commission’s proposal to extend periodic tests to motorcycles, this was discussed previously in the Council early in December when the council reported its intention to, delete the requirement for mandatory Road Worthiness Testing for L3e (that’s low-performance, medium and large size) motorcycles!

The council reports that, “the legal form of the draft legislation has been changed from a regulation, as proposed by the Commission, to a directive, which leaves more scope for taking into account the particularities of the member states.”

Importantly it would also appear that all category L vehicle are now outside the scope of the directive, as previously Italy wanted to include L1e, L2e and L6e and therefore these categories are now not included in the document:

  • Category L1e vehicle (light two-wheel powered vehicle), sub-categorised into:

(i) L1Ae vehicle (powered cycle);

(ii) L1Be vehicle (two-wheel moped).

(b) Category L2e vehicle (three-wheel moped).

And Category L6e vehicle (light quadricycles), which includes the sub-category of

  • (i) L6Ae vehicle (light on-road quad);

Italy and the European Commission are still against the deletion of L category vehicles.

After five years, the Commission will review the effectiveness of the directive and, if necessary, present new proposals.

Member States may introduce national requirements concerning roadworthiness tests for vehicles registered in their territory which are not covered by the scope of this Directive, so for example, we in the UK, would definitely retain our MoT – Road Worthiness Testing.

The European Parliament, whose approval is also required for the adoption of the proposal, has not yet determined its position.

This position is being dealt with by the TRAN (Transport and Tourism) Committee of MEPs.

So all is looking peaceful and quiet in the world of European motorcycling …………………….. for now!


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  1. News from the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA)

    20th December 2012

    Member States exclude motorcycles from proposed legislation on periodic roadworthiness tests

    During today’s Council morning session, EU transport ministers reached a general approach regarding the legislative proposal on periodic roadworthiness tests (RWT) for motor vehicles and their trailers. EU Member States have drafted significant changes to the Commission’s proposal, among which the exclusion of L-category vehicles (powered two and three-wheelers), and leave Member States free to impose custom rules by turning the regulation into a directive. This is a new success for motorcyclists’ associations, which now needs confirmation during the debate in the European Parliament.

    While the proposal of the European Commission to further to increase the minimum testing intervals for vehicles and include all powered two-wheelers into periodic RWT regimes is currently being revised by the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, Transport Ministers of the European Union (Council) have expressed their discontent with the proposal, adopting this morning significant changes to the proposed text:

    Official Council press release just announced: “The Council agreed a general approach on a draft directive updating the common rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles. (…) (it) does not retain the Commission’s proposal to extend periodic tests to motorcycles and light trailers and to increase the minimum frequency of checks for older cars and light commercial vehicles from every two years to every year throughout the Union. Member states, though, are free to impose stricter rules.”

    Member States also turned the proposed Regulation into a Directive, which will leave more leeway for the later implementation of the legal act into national law. Therefore, in line with motorcyclists’ associations‘ views, the Council does not see the necessity to force all Member States to include the powered two-wheelers into periodic RWT regimes. In opposition to the Commission, Member States propose to lower testing requirements for vehicles which are hardly used on public roads, such as historic or competition vehicles. The Commission originally proposed annual checks as a minimum requirement for all motor vehicles older than six years.

    Now that Member States have clearly indicated that they will only approve the proposal if it is amended considerably, and motorcycles are excluded from the text, Parliament now needs to take an official position. Discussions in Transport Committee have started yesterday.

    FEMA is happy to see that the campaigns of its national organisations asking for a “reality check approach”, especially in those countries where there is no RWT for motorcycles, are being successful. The Commission had argued that the inclusion of motorcycles into RWT along with the tightening of testing intervals would have significant positive safety impact, but has never been able to provide any supportive (and unbiased) evidence for such claims. The only obvious benefit from such text would be the financial gain of the leading companies in the vehicle testing business.

    Original Source – Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) : Click Here

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