Friday, 23 November 2012

ABS Mandatory On Motorcycles From 2016

Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Think you're the King of the local neighbourhood late brakers? Courtesy of those nice people at the  European Parliament, all motorcycles over 125cc will be required to have anti-lock braking systems fitted - ABS to you and me - from 2016. Begin retraining your brain now!

The following from Isabelle Smets @ Europolitics
'New type-approval rules that will make mopeds and motorcycles safer and greener by 2016 were approved by members of the European Parliament during their 20 November plenary session in Strasbourg. The vote was 643 in favor, 16 against and 18 abstentions. The rules must now be formally approved by the Council of Ministers. It will be a formality as the text adopted by Parliament is the result of an agreement with the Council, even though the UK may vote against because of the “disproportionate costs” the implementation of the new rules would entail.

The text covers all L-category (‘light’) vehicles, ie mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and quads. There are some 30 million of such vehicles in the EU. The new rules extend the Euro 4 emission standards to motorbikes from 2016 or 2017, depending on engine capacity. From 2020, the Euro 5 standard will be required for every two or three wheeler. The Commission is expected to evaluate the emissions from L-category vehicles before 1 January 2016. Legislation will likely be further adapted.

Under the new rules, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) will have to be fitted to all “bigger” motorbikes (ie those over 125 cc), while ABS or combined brake systems (CBS) could be fitted to smaller ones (under 125 cc), including scooters. This is a point on which Parliament had to backtrack because members had begun negotiations with the Council requesting to make ABS mandatory for all motorbikes. FEMA, the association representing motorcyclists in Europe, said that CBS had a similar effect to ABS on light-weight bikes for a much lower cost. Since this segment is particularly sensitive to price, the imposition of the ABS requirement could discourage future or young riders.

By the end of 2019, the Commission should present a cost-effectiveness analysis with recommendations as to whether the rules should be revised to make ABS mandatory for smaller motorbikes too.'

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