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.
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.
On 6 November in the context of the 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, ANCMA, the Italian Association representing the Motorcycle Industry will be hosting a conference dedicated to the deployment of the new European type approval regulation relating to two, three and four wheeled vehicles.
Reducing environmental impact, improving both functional safety of vehicles and market surveillance represent the main pillars of the new legislative package entering into force in January 2016 for new type approved vehicles belonging to L-categories.
The conference aims at shedding light on the implications that the new type approval regulation will have on the industry. While manufacturers are required to develop new technologies to address stricter environmental and safety requirements, National Administrations will be called for a more efficient market surveillance.
The panel will be formed by Wim van de Camp, Member of the European Parliament, rapporteur of the legislative text, and Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise of the European Commission. Jacques Compagne, ACEM Secretary General and Maurizio Vitelli, from the Italian Ministry of Transport will be joined in the panel discussion by representatives of Piaggio and Ducati who will present the view of the industry on the deployment of the new legislation.
The conference will also address the opportunities for the motorcycle industry residing in the CARS 2020 action plan of the European Commission, which aims at supporting innovation and improving regulation thus reinforcing this industry's competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020.
The main challenge of the new regulation lies in its technical provisions, introducing new concepts, such as the obligation to provide all market operators with Repair and Maintenance Information (RMI), the obligation to use ABS and OBD on motorcycles as original equipment, as well as new prescriptions for evaporative emissions and durability.
The conference will try to address issues such the consequence of the new legislative framework on the competiveness of the European motorcycle Industry, the technologies needed to comply with stricter requirements in terms of pollution and safety and, finally, the impact on the PTWs sector, including the component manufacturers.
The new EU legislation comes at a time when the economic crisis is dramatically altering the European motorcycle sector, which today employs around 130.000 people, seeing sales’ volumes shrink by 47% since 2007.
The hosts of the event, Corrado Capelli, President of Confindustria ANCMA and Pierfrancesco Caliari, Director General of Confindustria ANCMA, hope that this will be the opportunity for all the EU actors of the motorcycle sector to realistically assess the future scenario and the challenges for the industry.
The conference will take place at the Milan Fair (Rho) on Wednesday 6th November 2013.
For any information, please contact: Federico Vitale, Confindustria ANCMA, Mobile +39.342.6199354
The German Institute for Powered Two-Wheeler Safety (Ifz, Institut für Zweiradsicherheit) has developed a quality label designed for driving schools that prove an outstanding level of motorcycle training programmes.
The summer period appears to have come to a sudden halt in August as sales of L-category vehicles have suffered a further -15.4% year to date. The degradation is in line with previous months, however it is more marked when compared to the same month in 2012 (-30.8%).
The degradation of PTW sales in the European Powered Two-Wheelers market is persisting, mainly pulled down by Italy.
In many EU markets the summer slightly eased the steep drop affecting sales of L-category vehicles since 2008. Italy’s negative results (-31.5%) however heavily impacted the overall performance.