On Sunday 24 March 2019, the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale will organise the third edition of ‘La journée bruxelloise du motard’ (‘Brussels Motorday’), an initiative by Bruxelles Mobilité in collaboration with Via Secura.
A total of 1,004,063 motorcycles were registered in 2018 in the EU according to the final figures published today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 9.9% compared to 2017 numbers. The largest motorcycle markets in Europe in 2018 were: Italy (219,694 units), France (177,460 units) and Spain (159,946 motorcycles). Motorcycle figures include both two- and three-wheeled vehicles with an engine capacity above 50cc as well as electric motorcycles.
The European moped market dropped from 399,420 units in 2017 to 273,645 in 2018. This represented a decrease of 31.5%. The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (72,940), Netherlands (58,969), Germany (25,634), Belgium (21,391) and Italy (21,326).
Registrations of electric motorcyles and mopeds increased in 2018 in the EU
In addition, the European electric motorcycle market grew from 4,121 units in 2017 to 7,478 units in 2018 (+81.5%). However, it remains at niche levels. Only 0.75% of all motorcycles registered in Europe in 2018 were electric. Registrations of electric mopeds in the EU increased substantially from 27,029 units in 2017 to 39,701 units in 2018 (+46.9%). The electric quadricycle market remained substantially stable at 3,242 units (-2.4% vs 2017).
Commenting on the latest market trends ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:
“2018 has been a positive year for the motorcycle industry, with motorcycle registrations increasing in almost all EU countries, and double digit growth figures in key markets such as Spain and Germany. Notwithstanding the short term fluctuations created by the shift from the Euro 3 to the Euro 4 standard, the European motorcycle market shows a general positive trend since 2013”.
“On the other hand, moped registrations in 2018 suffered a significant reduction, largely linked to the effect of the transition to Euro 4. This decline was only partially compensanted by higher electric moped registrations. Indeed, although the number of electric mopeds sold increased by 47% on a year-on-year basis, for the time being the absolute volumes remain at niche levels”.
“In any event, combined registrations of electric L-category vehicles (i.e. mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles) do show a clear upward trend since 2011. This is particularly the case for those vehicle segments used for short- and medium range urban commuting and for which electrification is technically easier.
Corrigendum (12 February 2019)
This web article was amended on 12 February 2019. The previous version of the text incorrectly stated that Germany was the third largest motorcycle market in Europe. In 2018 Spain was the third largest motorcycle market in the EU, behind Italy and France.
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In May 2018 the European Commission proposed a review of the Motor Insurance Directive (MID), aiming to strengthen the rules on motor insurance and better protect victims of motor vehicle accidents. In its legislative proposal the European Commission proposed to clarify the scope of this Directive based on the recent case law of the European Union Court of Justice.
This resulted in a proposal to include motorsports in the scope of the Directive without making an appropriate distinction between vehicles used in traffic and non-traffic situations. Further to this, a coalition of organisations led by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which brings together the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM), and the All-Terrain Vehicle Industry European Association (ATVEA) expressed their concerns about the damaging consequences of the Commission’s proposal for motor sports in Europe.
During the parliamentary discussions on the file, the members of the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted a report recommending excluding “vehicles intended exclusively for motorsports” from the scope of the Directive, “as these vehicles are generally covered by other forms of liability insurance and are not subject to compulsory motor insurance when they are solely used for a competition”. The report also made it clear that it was necessary to make an appropriate distinction between “in traffic” and “non-traffic” situations in the scope of the Directive.
Commenting on this debate, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “ACEM welcomes and congratulates the work of the European Parliament and of its rapporteur Ms Dita Charanzová, who has shown a clear understanding of the concerns shared by key stakeholders, particularly the severe implications for motorcycle sports and related leisure activities in Europe”.
“The motorcycle industry in Europe calls now on Members of the European Parliament to support the decision adopted by the IMCO committee during the next European Parliament Plenary session that will take place on 13 February 2019 in Strasbourg. A similar approach should be followed by the Council of the EU during the upcoming trilogue negotiations which will take place later in 2019”.
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Today the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the most important NGO in the field of road safety in Europe, has joined the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium as a supporter member. The Label is a voluntary certification scheme for motorcycle post-licence training programmes. It aims to help motorcyclists easily identify the best safety training programmes in Europe.
Today the “advanced motorcycling course” of the Honda Safety Institute in Barcelona, received the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label. The award, which recognizes the best post-license training programmes delivered in Europe, was granted after an onsite visit by safety experts from the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the most important German NGO active in the field of road safety.
Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 830,694 units during the first 9 months of 2018, according to the latest estimation of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 8.2% compared to the same period of 2017. With 186,487 units (a 5.1% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (146,276 motorcycles, +10%), Germany (140,628 motorcycles, +11.1%), Spain (113,650 motorcycles, +8.0%) and the UK (83,155 motorcycles, +3.7%).
Motorcycle registrations increased in all EU countries, with the exception of Poland, where they went down by 2.3%.
Moped registrations in the EU continue decreasing
The European moped market reached 209,562 units during the first 9 months of 2018. This represents a decrease of about 26.1% compared to the registration levels of the first nine months of 2017 (283,399 units). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (51,498 units), Netherlands (47,260 units), Germany (20,133 units), Italy (16,118 units) and Belgium (15,992 units).
Registrations of electric vehicles in the EU up by 49%
Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 36,270 units during the first nine months of 2018. This represents a substantial increase of 52.8% compared to the registration levels of the same period of 2017 (23,722 units).
Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in 2018 are mopeds (26,210 units), followed by motorcycles (7,652 units) and a much smaller number of quadricycles (about 2,408 units).
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Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager
P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32
The Circular Economy (CE) strategy and its related measures, such as the recent European Commission communication on the interface between chemicals, products and waste, is an important initiative, for both society and industry. Its ultimate aim is the sustainable use of resources through the entire product lifecycle, which is an aim the above signatory industries fully support.
For the reasons explained in this paper, the signatory industries strongly believe that the database will not achieve its intended objectives to support the CE. In addition, the ECHA proposal will not be workable for industry nor enforceable by authorities. Instead we call for an approach that allows different, flexible and effective CE solutions tailored to the specific circumstances of each industry sector, depending on the complexity and durability of their products.
These industries represent the majority of EU article manufacturers, assemblers, importers and distributors, with wide variety in size, use base and complexity of processes and products. Due to this wide variety and diversity a tailored approach is required not only for technical solutions but also regarding legislative measures.
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Today, FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation, joined the European Training Quality Label, an initiative aiming at rewarding the best post-license training schemes in Europe. Representatives of FIM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), and DVR, Germany’s most important road safety NGO, signed a letter formalising this new cooperation during the second day of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference in Cologne, Germany.
The European Training Quality Label that FIM joins today is a voluntary certification scheme launched in 2015 by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers and DVR, the leading German road safety NGO, to help motorcyclists clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programs in Europe. The label is open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe, including training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public bodies. To date, a total of 26 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany.
FIM is the leading governing body of motorcycle sports, and represents 113 motorcycle federations organised in 6 Continental Unions. FIM has been active in the field of road safety since the 1970s, and many of its members have provided safety-oriented training to thousands of motorcyclists across the world. More recently, the organisation launched “We, the riders”, a global road safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about the presence of motorcyclists on the streets.
Steve Aeschlimann, Chief Executive Officer of FIM, says, “We welcome the opportunity to work together with ACEM and DVR and to become a partner of the European Training Quality Label. We at FIM believe that life-long training is essential to improve the safety of motorcyclists on the streets. Many people pass their driving test only once, but they ride their motorcycle daily. We want those motorcyclists to have decent training and to be able to avoid potentially dangerous situations on the streets”.
Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “We are extremely pleased that FIM is joining the ACEM-DVR cooperation. We look forward to working with FIM to promote the best post-license training programs across Europe, and to make Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists”.
Christian Kellner, General Manager of the Road Safety Council (DVR), says, “The human factor has repeatedly been shown to be the most critical factor in accidents involving powered two-wheelers. For this reason, we need to reach out to new and existing motorcycle riders, and help them to make better and more informed decisions about their training, so that they can ride confidently and safely".
Dr. Veneta Vassileva
ACEM Road Safety Coordinator
Phone +32 (0)22 30 97 32