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
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Today, two of KTM’s Riders Academy training programs were awarded the European Training Quality Label. The award was granted after a site visit and inspection by safety experts from the German Road Safety Council (DVR), a German NGO active in the field of road safety. To date, a total of 24 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Academy, which was launched in 2018, provides courses that build on the latest empirical research on rider behavior and training, as well as the experience of Klaus Schwabe, one of the leading German experts in motorcycle safety. Training sessions are conducted in small groups of no more than six riders per trainer, and are open to motorcyclists using any brand of bike. The KTM Riders Academy plans to organise between 40 and 50 training sessions in Austria and Germany, involving about 300 motorcyclists
Commenting on the award of the European Training Quality Label, Stefan Pierer, President of KTM AG and current President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) says, “I am delighted that the two KTM Riders Academy motorcycle training programs have received this important recognition at the European level. Training at our Academy aims to improve both the cognitive and the motor skills of the motorcyclist, increasing both safety and the pleasure of riding”.
Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “The European Training Quality Label is granted to the best post-license training programs in Europe. It is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy, and we are confident that this initiative will help motorcyclists to easily identify the best training programs in Europe”.
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Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 564,850 units during the first 6 months of 2018, according to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 7.2% compared to the same period of 2017.
Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG and President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, participated today at the launch of FIM’s global road safety campaign “We the riders”. The launch took place at the occasion of the Austrian round of 2018 FIM MotoGP World Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg today.
With the support of ACEM, the European Commission, Dorna, the Red Bull Ring circuit, and MotoGP stars Andrea Iannone (Italy), Marc Márquez (Spain), Jack Miller (Australia), Jorge Lorenzo (Spain), and Johann Zarco (France), the FIM is looking forward to raising the awareness on road safety through the launch of this campaign in front of recognized international media and a large, passionate audience of fans.
“We, The Riders” campaign is a call to action. It is a new movement of responsible motorcyclists from around the world, who all share the joy of riding – and the fight for change. In 2018, it is still far more dangerous than it should be to ride on our roads. That needs to change – and it will only change if all motorcyclists come together as never before to demand it.
“We, The Riders” vision is roads that are safe for everyone. Roads where all are seen, no matter their mode of transport. Roads that are built and planned with everyone in mind. Roads made for the joy of riding – not the fear of crashing.
The FIM will deploy “We, the riders” campaign together with its 113 affiliated federations worldwide. For further information, please visit the official website of the campaign: www.wetheriders.com or check the hashtag #wetheriderswtr on Twitter.
ACEM President Stefan Pierer explained "as President of the European Association of motorcycle manufacturers; I reaffirm that for all leading manufacturers and member associations the most important issue is safety. The motorcycle riders are vulnerable road users. According to official statistics 50% of the fatalities are caused by a third party and the biggest problem is visibility. That’s why every action and initiative that improves visibility is supported by the industry. ABS became mandatory in Europe and manufacturers have been ready to implement this fundamental safety tool to save lives”.
Vito Ippolito, FIM President, declared “For more than 100 years, the FIM has been representing the interests of motorcyclists – both on and off the track. Every day, road traffic crashes claim nearly 3,500 lives and injure many thousands more, 23% of all lives lost are those of our fellow riders. At the FIM we do not have all the answers and there is still much left to do. That is why we are launching this movement “We, The Riders” because we recognise the potential of people-powered change – the power of a network of individuals with something in common to create real change in the world and improve road safety”.
Carmelo Ezpeleta Dorna CEO commented “Riders ‘safety on track and off the track is our top priority, so Dorna is extremely proud to support this important initiative. We, The Riders campaign is making motorcyclists visibyleon the road and raising awareness to road users about being mindful of everybody they share the roads with. Our World Championship riders are riders who everyday road users share the roads with, so we stand by the FIM on this movement that is very close to our hearts”
Note for editors
The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.
ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, PIAGGIO, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.
To download high resolution photos of the launch of the campaign please click here. Photo credit: Giorgio Neyroz.