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.
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.
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.
The decline of PTW registrations in the countries monitored by ACEM, settled at -12.57% during the first three quarters of 2012. The two-digit drop, albeit sizeable, marks a stabilization of the negative trend observed since the beginning of the year.
The registration figures of the European motorcycle market continue to raise concern with a 13.3% drop for the first semester 2012.
With a drop of 15% in the January - May 2012 period the European PTW market seems unable to arrest sales decline