Manufacturers of Powered Two-Wheelers and equipment, insurers, and users’ associations joined forces with the French Government to promote appropriate equipment for motorcyclists in France. Frédéric Péchenard, Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety, and Thierry Archambault, President and delegate of CSIAM (Chambre Syndicale Internationale de l’Automobile et du Motocycle), in partnership with manufacturers, suppliers, insurers, charities, users’ and prevention associations, have signed on December 3rd a national charter with the aim of encouraging users of powered two-wheelers to buy and wear protective clothing.
After a long legislative process, almost completed, the European Union is setting itself to implement the new regulatory framework for the type approval of motorcycles. The scenario awaiting the sector for the next decade has been discussed in Milan on the 6th of November on the occasion of the 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition, bringing together policy makers and industry.
October ends with -14.1% YTD, with motorcycles' registrations indicating a stabilisation for the second consecutive month. The EU rate at which the EU motorcycle market has been dropping since 2008 seems to have slowed down as sales of L-category vehicles in October contribute to improve the poor performance accumulated during the first months of 2013.
A Global Vision for the Powered Two-Wheeler market. The 10th ACEM Conference will be held in Brussels on 29 January 2014. International trade will be the topic discussed at the 10th ACEM Conference, where manufacturers and EU Institutions will debate whether the way to recovery lies in creating favourable conditions for developing manufacturing and creating jobs in Europe or if the solution resides in exporting production facilities to third countries.
Q3 2013 ends with a -14.7% YTD, and -12% reduction compared to the same quarter in 2012. Despite these little encouraging indicators, the degradation affecting the EU motorcycle market seems to have slowed down as sales of L-category vehicles in September are down by 8.5% compared to September 2012. A growth can be reported for September (10.2%) compared to the previous month.
Just when the doors of the 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan where about to be opened police identified and seized on the premises eleven scooters ready for display from seven different exhibitors. The powered two-wheelrs seized by the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s fiscal police, where imitations of Vespa and Honda scooters. Counterfeiters not only replicated the models in every detail but imitated the brands themselves, suggesting an even brasher contempt of intellectual property rights.
Anesdor presented a video promoting the benefits of using a motorcycle, especially in the city. The Spanish Association representing the motorcycle industry, joined forces with motos.net, a website specializing in motorcycling, with the aim of explaining in a fun and quirky way all the advantages of using a motorcycle, a scooter or a moped to beat traffic and enjoy urban life on a daily basis.