Monday, February 20, 2012

Sponsored blog post: Future EU motorcycle safety measures cause protests and debate

Proposals by the European Parliament to fit additional safety measures to new motorcycles have come in for strong criticism from UK bikers after it was claimed the regulations would criminalise those who sought to modify their bikes.  The proposed regulations, says the European Parliament, are designed to make bikes, scooters and mopeds safer and less polluting, but biker groups have criticised what they see as attempts to limit performance-enhancing modifications to their bikes rather than trying to reduce motorcycle accident claims.

Many of the proposals for new motorcycle safety measures have been attacked by bikers who say that the legislation, if it was passed, would effectively criminalise them.  This includes proposals to make the wearing of high-visibility vests compulsory for scooter, moped and motorcycle riders.  Other proposed safety measures, affecting the actual specifications of newly-built bikes sold in the EU would include making anti-lock braking compulsory on motorcycles and requiring scooters and mopeds to be fitted with improved braking. 

One of the most contentious points for bikers has been the idea that limits would be introduced to the modifications they can make to their bikes to enhance performance.  Those working on the proposals, including the British MEP Malcolm Harbour say that there has been confusion between proposals considered in other countries, such as in Ireland and France and the actual regulations that would affect the UK. 

In an article on the Public Service Europe website, Mr Harbour said that the EU had no intention to ban motorcyclists from modifying their bikes and that the intention of future regulations was only to stop dangerous or highly polluting modifications being made to motorcycles.  Even with the reassurances from the European Parliament, several motorcycle groups in the UK have protested at what they see as attempts to place unnecessary restrictions on where, when and how they can enjoy their motorcycles.

For more motorcycle accident claims news, visit the Motorbike Accident Law website.

Neil Worrall

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