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Market update - Full updated year 2012. CIACEM confirms the drop of the European PTW market by 12.7%
18 Mar 2013

CIACEM confirms the drop of the  European PTW market by 12.7%. 

As announced at ACEM's annual conference, the European market for motorcycles, scooters, tricycles and other vehicles belonging to the L-category, has declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2012. 

Regulation on type-approval of L-category vehicles published in the EU official journal
02 Mar 2013

The EU Regulation on the "approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles" was published today in the EU Official Journal.

This publication follows the protracted negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission, which concluded on 7 December 2012. The compromised reached by the EU instititions seeks to give manufacturers the necessary lead time to adapt to this new legal framework in a particularly challenging economic context

Documents available to download

EU Regulation 168/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles [pdf]

ACEM position paper on the Regulation on type-approval of L-category vehicles

UK Prime Minister praises Wheels to Work as part of the government’s ‘Big Society’
26 Feb 2013

Recognising role of Powered Two-Wheelers in rural areas UK Prime Minister’s bestowed ‘Big Society’ award for Wheels 2 Work scheme. The idea behind the awards is to recognise organisations or individuals who have contributed significantly to the good of the local community. This particular scheme has helped over 2,500 people find a way to travel to work since it began 16 years ago.

Commenting on the award, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Wheels to Work does a great job of tackling the basic issue of making sure everyone who needs to travel to a job is able to do so. This is an invaluable service without which many of these young people would have to move away from their friends and families.  It also helps young people to find employment and stay in the rural villages where they have grown up which is important in maintaining these diverse and vibrant local communities.”

This recognition comes soon after Minister Richard Benyon endorsed the concept as a “mainstream solution for transport problems” in rural areas, during his keynote speech at the newly formed Wheels to Work Association’s Annual Conference last month.

BigSocietyW2WRun by Shropshire Community Council, the award winning scheme has focussed on loaning mopeds to people in rural areas, who would not otherwise be able to get to and from work or training.

In recent years, the Shropshire scheme has expanded to include a range of travel options, including electric bikes and also to help young disabled job seekers with driver training.  The team also work with rural employers to help recruit and retain staff, particularly for positions requiring shift work, which in turn boosts the rural economy.

David Cameron continued: “The fact that the scheme has now been replicated around the country is a testament to how effective it is and how important it is to rural areas.  It’s fantastic that the service has now extended to help people with disabilities find jobs and independence too.  I hope Wheels to Work continues to grow and give even more people the chance to work and live wherever they want to.”

Davina Allen, Development Coordinator for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Wheels 2 Work, said: “We are delighted to win this award, and be recognised for the success of the Wheels to Work scheme. This scheme has made a life changing difference to so many people over the years and we’re proud of all they have gone on to achieve for themselves, their families and communities.”

Nicky Bassett-Powell – acting National Coordinator for the Wheels to Work Association added her congratulations: “This is fantastic news for the team at the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin scheme.  As pioneers of the concept, they deserve this recognition. Wheels to Work embodies the ideals of the ‘big society’ in that it empowers local people and communities to make a difference.  We are hearing very positive comments from the Government about Wheels to Work and this further endorses the model as a mainstream solution for those facing transport problems in rural areas.”

The Big Society Awards were set up by the Prime Minister in November 2010. The aim is to acknowledge individuals and organisations across the UK that demonstrates the Big Society in their work or activities. In so doing, the aim is also to galvanise others to follow.

Case studies:

Elizabeth McDonald is a 41 year old carer from Telford.  Elizabeth had been unemployed for 4 years before securing work as a career at a residential centre for a people with learning and physical disabilities in Ironbridge.  In her first month of employment she spent £250 on transport, often using taxis when she needed to work a night shift or spending 3 hours each day on buses and walking.  Elizabeth joined the scheme in January 2013 and now has a 50cc moped on loan, saving her time, money, and giving her independence back.  She has already started saving and plans to be in a position to buy a 125cc moped at the end of her Wheels 2 Work loan.  

Chris Mason is a 29 year old manual worker from Clungunford, an isolated village in rural Shropshire.  He was walking up to 15 miles a day in order to work at the Shropshire Spice Company in Clun.  Chris joined the scheme in November 2012 and now has an electric bike on loan.  This has enabled him to save money for an ebike of his own. He is currently trialling new ebikes for Wheels 2 Work and has provided feedback to inform the purchase of a new fleet in the next month.  

Source: MCIA Press office


Market update - Sales of L-category vehicles in the EU start 2013 in the negative: -18.5%.
21 Feb 2013

Powered Two-Wheelers sales in the EU start 2013 in the negative: -18.5%. Compared to the same period in 2012 mopeds drop 20.8%, while motorcycles lose 17.3%. Germany is the market reporting fewer losses (-4.5%) due to extremely positive moped sales (13.4%). All other EU markets are negative. Sweden, though a minor market is the only country reporting a plus with a 20.4% growth in motorcycle sales.

Split by country:

Germany -4.5%, Mopeds 13.4, Motorcycles -13.7%

France -14.3%, Mopeds -7.9%, Motorcyles -18.7%

Italy -25.4%, Mopeds -31.5%, Motorcycles -23.8%

Spain 13.3%, Mopeds -16.7%, Motorcycles -12.5%

UK -14%, Mopeds -17.1%, Motorcycles -13.4%



ACEM presented the view of the industry at Public Hearing on Periodic Technical Inspection
24 Jan 2013

On January 22, the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament held a public hearing on the roadworthiness package. ACEM was invited to present the view of the industry. Antonio Perlot, ACEM Public Affairs Manager, presented MEPs with the position of the motorcycle industry regarding roadworthiness testing welcoming the initiative as an effective measure in controlling emissions from motorcycles.

Market - The statistical overview for the full year 2012 is now available for download
21 Jan 2013

ACEM published the statistical overview for the full year 2012.The document contains the yearly summary for registrations and deliveries, circulating park, production, and top 10 models.

Download the file.

Mandatory periodic technical inspection for Powered Two- and Three-Wheelers and quadricycles
11 Dec 2012

The motorcycle industry supports the principle of EU harmonisation, but proposes 4-2-2 intervals for Powered Two-Wheelers (PTW), taking into account average mileage of this vehicle category.

The European Commission’s proposal to extend mandatory Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) to motorcycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles could offer benefits, provided it does not burden the user with unjustified costs.

L-category vehicles, such as motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, are already subject to periodic inspections in sixteen countries of the European Union. ACEM, the European Motorcycle Industry Association, supports the principle of further harmonisation of roadworthiness checks. PTWs are being increasingly used as individual means of transport in Europe’s cities to solve congestion and parking problems, and PTI can bring tangible benefits to safety and environmental emissions for the vehicle fleet.

Periodic inspection contributes to maintain polluting and noise emissions controls installed as original equipment, it supports durability requirements and reduces tampering, while limiting the use of illegal replacement exhaust silencing systems.

However, ACEM urges the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to adapt the proposed periodicity to the average mileage of recorded by the PTW fleet. Dependant on the vehicle category, PTWs annual mileage is three to five times lower than passenger cars.  Therefore, ACEM supports 4-2-2 periodicity, with the first check taking place four years after purchase and subsequently every two years, instead of the 4-2-1 periodicity in the EC proposal. This is in line with currently applying provisions for passenger cars, and would allow for a cost-beneficial introduction.

ACEM will continue being involved in the process, providing its technical expertise to the legislator, and supporting a balanced outcome.

Jacques Compagne, ACEM Secretary General stated: “The EU-wide introduction of Periodic Technical Inspection for PTWs answers the increasing share of PTWs in European cities. It is a recognition for the growing role of PTWs as a mobility alternative at EU level. We believe that the results of introducing Periodical Inspection across all Member States will be positive provided the process is cost effective and conducted in fair way for the user, especially in those countries which currently do not foresee such a measure”.

The MAIDS-study (Motorcycle Accident In-depth Study www.maids-study.eu) found out that technical failures are a primary causation factor in 0.3% of accidents, while in 5% of cases technical failures are a contributing factor.

Environment: The Laboratory on Applied Thermodynamics (Thessaloniki Greece), evaluating the potential impact and cost effectiveness of different environmental measures, confirms that periodic inspection “is one of the most effective measures that can be taken to reduce emissions. The decrease of emissions achieved in 2012 is 5% for HC and 6% for CO saving in the period some 19 kt of HC and 140 kt of CO. [...] The total cost effectiveness is better than the introduction of some of the emission standards so far.”

In October 2012 PTW registrations in the EU have recorded a -12.5% since the beginning of the year
28 Nov 2012

In October 2012 PTW registrations in the countries monitored by ACEM have recorded a -12.5% since the beginning of the year. As announced in our previous report, the decline seems to have stabilized.

As regards the motorcycle segment, sales are up in Austria (9%), Norway (5.8%), UK (1.6%) and Germany (0.5%), while Italy -18.6%, France -8%, Spain -19% and The Netherlands (-9.8%) show a marked drop.

The moped segment is continuing to suffer in every European market except for Norway (7.9%): France -12.4%, Germany -10.9, UK -7.2%, Greece -46%, Italy -31%, Spain -19.4%, The Netherlands -16.4%. 

Overall, during the first ten months of 2012 motorcycles over 50cc shrunk by 10.2%, while mopeds saw a decline of 16.4% compared to the same period in 2011.

France, Europe's largest market, reports a 9.9% fall in sales year to date. For the same period in Germany registrations declined by 2.9%, slightly improving their performance compared to September 2012 (-3.4%).

Southern markets perform similarly but with greater amplitude: Italy with a -21.4%, Spain (-18.9%) and Greece, -34%. The link to the overall economic difficulties in these countries has already been highlighted in previous reports.

The 0.3% growth in the United Kingdom confirms the same figure of September, pushing this summer’s slow-down further away.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,230,459 PTWs were sold in the countries monitored by ACEM’s statistical service, compared to 1,406,592 over the same period in 2011.

Extra EU countries continue on a positive trend: Switzerland (+4%) and Norway (+7.2%).  

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