Road Worthiness Testing News Releases

You can now view all our press releases and articles regarding the proposed Road Worthiness Testing regulation.

From our intial response to the European Copmmissions consultation in 2010 to July 2012 when  the European commission announced its proposal for mandatory European wide Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) – previously known as Periodic Technical Inspections for PTWs (Powered Two Wheelers – motorcycles, scooters and mopeds) and as we know it in the UK the MoT.

The proposal contains proposals as regards other vehicles and administration, however for motorcyclists the issue is that all member states would have to introduce mandatory RWT and there would be changes to our MoT..

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Periodic Technical Inspections

9th September 2010

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Right To Ride is preparing a response to the European Commission internet consultation relating to Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) for motor vehicles and their trailers. […]

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PTI – What We Face

10th September 2010

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AUTOFORE – Study on the Future Options for Roadworthiness Enforcement in the European Union – 2007 – pdf 901kb
The Study is also available to view on a website […]

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PTI for NI?

24th September 2010

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Right To Ride has responded to the European Commission’s (EU) consultation relating to Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) for motor vehicles and and their trailers by submitting separate comments […]

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PTI – EU Wide

18th October 2011

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On the 14th October 2011 the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) reports that representatives of the Federation delivered the bulk of 110,000 signatures from citizens across Europe […]

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PTI – FEMA Petition

10th January 2012

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Transport Commissioner acknowledges rider’s petition FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations) reports that riders at FEMA received an early Christmas present […]

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UK Riders Popping Corks!

13th July 2012

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The Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) has commented on today’s press release from the EU Commission concerning the proposal for European wide […]

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19th July 2012

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ETRA, the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association clarifies its position on the  recently announced European Commission proposal for mandatory periodical technical inspections (roadworthiness testing) […]

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Supporting Brussels Protest

30th July 2012

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On July 13th, 2012 the European Commission announced a proposal for a Regulation Of The European Parliament and Of The Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers. As a response to this proposal, riders from three European countries […]

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Right To Report – RWT

7th August 2012

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Riders groups in the UK and the rest of Europe have started to make announcements concerning the European Commission’s proposal for periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, which includes mandatory […]

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Finland On RWT

15th August 2012

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The Finnish riders’ organisation SMOTO is the latest European riders group to come out against the European Commission’s proposal for the mandatory introduction of Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) for motorcycles. On their own website SMOTO comment, […]

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Testing Times

20th August 2012

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On 13th July, 2012 the European Commission published a proposal for mandatory Road Worthiness Testing (RWT).  Included within that proposal the Commission called for European wide roadworthiness testing […]

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Pointless & Angry RWT Demos

9th September 2012

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Like a bus you wait for one to come along and then two demonstrations on RWT (Road Worthiness Testing) arrive one after the other. The “No Con Test” Demo Ride is being organised by MAG Ireland, takes place in Dublin on […]

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EU Demos Abound

23rd September 2012

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Numerous European demos were held this weekend and  last week with the events taking place across France including at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Other major demos took place in Belgium outside the headquarters […]

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RWT Political Moves

5th October 2012

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Now in the public domain is information about the political moves of the European Commission’s proposal for mandatory Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) which was launched in September at a meeting of the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European […]

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No Mandatory RWT For Motorcycles!

6th December 2012

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The European Council has deleted the requirement for mandatory Road Worthiness Testing for L3e (that’s low-performance, medium and large size) motorcycles! The latest documentation has suggested major changes by the council most important […]

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So Far So Good – RWT

20th December 2012


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, […]

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RWT – Rights And Responsibilities

24th December 2012


According to the latest information released by the European Commission, a recent agreement reached by ministers would substantially weaken proposed new rules by removing motorcycles and […]

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TRAN Public Hearing on RWT

16th January 2013

tranpublichearingjan2013thumbnailThe TRAN (Transport and Tourism) Committee of MEPs are to hold a public hearing, involving two expert panels, on roadworthiness checks and road safety as well as their impact on citizens and business. […]

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Civilised Road Worthiness Testing

24th January 2013


On Tuesday 22nd January 2013, the TRAN Committee held a Public Hearing concerning the proposals for new EU-wide  Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) also known as  Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI) for […]

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RWT – Is it Toast?

5th March 2013


The RWT (Road Worthiness Testing) procedures are probably as interesting as dried toast, but as motorcyclists we need to keep on top of these procedures so that we know what our future is. […]

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RWT – MEP Raising Concerns

6th March 2013


In January we reported on the TRAN (Transport and Tourism) committees Public Hearing on the European Commission’s proposals for European wide Road Worthiness Testing (RWT), registration […]

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Down The Plug Hole!

18th March 2013

As reported by some European rider organisations, the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) argues that, “Road users and motorcyclists in particular, have serious doubts about […]

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Wrong Proposal At The Wrong Time

2nd April 2013


Recently the UK MEP Brian Simpson (Chairman of the Transport And Tourism Committee), astounded motorcyclists with his comment at the end of a discussion about the Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) […]

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RWT Farcical

Update on Road Worthiness Testing The EU parliament’s (Internal Market and Consumer Protection) IMCO Committee discussed the Commission’s proposal for harmonised road worthiness […]

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Historic MoT Exemption

6th May 2013

Historic vehicles exempt from MOT – Attwood Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced on Monday 29th April 2013 that he is exempting pre-1960 historic […]

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Hoping For No Surprises

29th May 2013


Tomorrow – 30th May 2013 – sees the TRAN (Transport and Tourism) Committee of MEPs vote on a raft amendments on the Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) which will then reflect the opinion of the European Parliament […]

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No Surprises

30th May 2013

Happy retro biker.

After todays vote on amendments to the European Commissions roadworthiness proposal, the Transport (TRAN – Transport and Tourism) Committee of MEPs […]

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Major Victory for FEMA!

30th May 2013


FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations has intimated that the amendment, adopted by the Transport (Tran – Transport and Tourism) Committee today, excluding all […]

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ACEM – Inclusion of PTW

31st May 2013


ACEM the “Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles” which represent the Motorcycle Industry in Europe has published an article on the “defeated” vote of the European Parliament (TRAN Committee) on Periodic […]

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MAG Ireland on RWT

1st June 2013


The Irish Motorcyclists Action Group – MAG Ireland – has reported on the vote in the TRAN (Transport and Tourism) Committee of MEPs that saw a rejection of the European […]

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Keep Up At The Back!

8th June 2013


According to the Swedish rider organisation SMC (Sveriges MotorCyklister) while reporting on the recent vote in the TRAN (Transport and Tourism) committee of MEPs regarding motorcycles […]

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BMF To Brian Simpson

27th June 2013


In April 2013 we published an article entitled “Wrong Proposal At The Wrong Time” which included our reply to UK MEP Brian Simpson’s comments at the end of a discussion about the Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) […]

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Down to the Wire

28th June 2013


In mid-June 2013, Siim Kallas the Vice-President of the European Commission, attended a road safety conference in Brussels organised by ETSC (European Transport Safety Council). ETSC is a Brussels-based […]

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Riders On – RWT

3rd July 2013


After yesterday’s European Plenary session at the Parliament in Strasbourg for the vote concerning the Road Worthiness Testing proposals from the European Commission, FEMA […]

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A Long Tale

11th July 2013

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As we have previously reported, there was a vote in the European Parliament on the 2nd July concerning the European Commission’s three proposals regarding the Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) package […]

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Phil’s “Good Idea”

27th July 2013

motorcycleriderlogoOn the BMF’s rider magazine website, Right To Ride debates with Phil Bennion on his RWT amendments. Rider Magazine published a summary of our article entitled – “Down to the Wire” which we published on the 28th June 2013: “Down to the Wire […]

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In May this year, the Irish Houses of the Oireachtas (Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) Joint Committee on Transport and Communications sent its opinion to […]

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More RWT Unrest


Back in July we picked up that the Belgium riders organisation FBMC Fédération Belge des Motards en Colère) were organising a demonstration on the 14th September against the proposals contained in the European […]

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MoT Exemption


Historic vehicles exemption from MoT follows through NI Direct Government Services in Northern Ireland has reported on their news page that from Monday 30th September 2013, motor cars, motorcycles and […]

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Waiting On RWT!

25th October 2013


As we wait for any news from the European Commission in relation to the proposal to include motorcycles in mandatory Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) across Europe, here are some news articles from the Vehicle […]

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RWT – Open Letter

19th November 2013

Biker with helmet and offeringThe Federation Of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) reports that it has written an “Open Letter” regarding the present Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) […]

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Trialogues – Is RWT In?

1st December 2013


MAG Netherlands the Dutch riders organisation, reports that their Minister of Transport, Melanie Schulz van Haegen, has said that mandatory PTI (Periodical Technical Inspections) for motorcycles […]

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Motorcycle RWT – 2022

18th December 2013

cb750t5humbIt would appear ahead of schedule that negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Council on the Road Worthiness Test (RWT) Package, have been finalised. The Lithuanian Presidency […]

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21st January 2014

europeanparliamentlogoEarlier today the MEPs of the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) backed an informal agreement on the Road Worthiness Testing package. Back in December we reported that the final compromise text was agreed by the Lithuanian Presidency […]

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RWT – MEPs Vote

12th March 2014


At the European Parliament in Strasbourg MEPs voted yesterday, 11th March 2014 and accepted the deal with member states on minimum common standards for periodic vehicle inspections, vehicle […]

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