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EU regulation on technical testing of motorcycles
France is now implementing the regulation

The European Union has decided on the Uniform Regulations for Technical Testing of Motorcycles / Scooters. Denmark and Finland are not participating. France resisted for a long time, but it will now begin in October 2022.


Once a motorcycle is registered in France, it does not require any other technical checks – no matter what cubic capacity or power it has. This was supposed to change on January 1, 2022 – at least at the request of the European Union and for all motorcycles and mopeds with a displacement of 125 cc or more. In the spring, we reported on EU-wide measures planned for all two-wheeled, three-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles without exception, including those with a displacement of up to 50 cc.


HU in France for old motorcycles

In the summer of 2021, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebari and French President Emmanuel Macron clearly opposed the periodic inspections of motorcycles required by the European Union. On September 3, 2021, the Minister of Transport announced: “There will be no technical inspection of the two wheels as planned. We will reconsider the system.” With the confirmation of the decree’s repeal by the Council of State in the spring of 2022 and the subsequent statement of the respective ministries on 8 April 2022 and the subsequent publication in the Official Gazette, the periodic technical examination (PTI) in France must then finally be off the table. Instead, they want to “implement alternative, more realistic and less restrictive measures to improve the safety and environmental compatibility of two-wheelers,” the transportation minister said. However, the government’s plans do not seem to have fully succeeded, because recently the State Council decided to bring forward the regulation that was originally planned in January 2023 to October 2022. Accordingly, the main inspection of newly registered motorcycles and scooters must be carried out before January 1 2016 at this time.


In the decision, the authority says there is “no justification” for the delay until 2023. Safety and environmental reasons were also cited: in France, a two-wheeled driver is 22 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than a four-wheeled driver. In Germany the factor will be 16 and in Spain 17 – both countries where the EU is already mandatory. Decision makers also hope that the new regulation will reduce noise and air pollution.


Denmark relies on targeted controls

Denmark does not carry out the regular technical tests of motorcycles and motorcycles set by the European Union. Instead, a new law comes into force at the same time as an EU regulation, which allows the Danish Road Traffic Authority to randomly check the technical condition and noise development of roadside motorbikes. Combined with the inspections that have already been carried out, this should lead to more safety on the road. More information about the regulations in force in Denmark, including the amount of the fine, can be found here.


Finland will not implement the EU’s decision

Together with France and Denmark, the Finns clearly formulate their position on the technical tests decided by the European Union. Recently, the Finnish Motorcycle Association SMOTO asked the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications whether Finland will introduce a periodic inspection of motorcycles on January 1, 2022, which will take effect on or after January 1, 2023, or whether it intends to change the current practice of follow-up. The association got a clear answer: “Finland does not provide roadworthiness tests for the vehicles in question, that is, Finland will continue the current practice.” The Ministry also announced that sufficiently effective measures have already been taken and that this assessment and the list of measures were submitted to the EU Commission in March 2019.


The position of the federation

FFMC, MCTC and SMOTO are all members of the European Motorcycle Association FEMA. The position on the periodic technical tests decided by the European Union is clear, says FEMA Secretary General Dolph Willigers:
“The debate about periodic technical inspection of motorcycles is very old, with various parties saying that it will benefit road safety, but there is no evidence that the technical condition of motorcycles plays an important role in accidents.
All current reports on motorcycle accidents point in the opposite direction: the technical condition of motorcycles plays a very marginal role in accidents. Road user training, behavioral aspects, infrastructure and enforcement of existing traffic rules play a much greater role in road safety than regular technical checks.”


conclusion

According to many motorcyclists and motorcyclists in France, accidents are more likely to be due to inattention, delayed reactions or excessive speed than technical issues. This is also the position of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many of its subsidiaries. They could be right about that. However, a regular technical inspection can be helpful. However, EU standardization regulations do not always seem to make sense. Especially when the regulations are based on studies that are not independent, but are created and promoted by institutions and research centers whose economic basis is based on these technical vehicle tests (we reported in April 2021).

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