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ACEM 2016 conference ‘The safe ride to the future’ postponed after the summer break
14 Apr 2016

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers regrets to inform that its 2016 conference ‘The Safe Ride to the Future’ will be postponed to a later date after the summer break due to unforeseen circumstances, mostly related to the current situation in Brussels Zaventem Airport.

A large number of flights have been cancelled or are being redirected to other regional airports, creating important difficulties for most attendees flying into the city.

We are confident that the situation in Brussels will improve in the coming months and we will announce the new date for the conference in the coming days.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to the event and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenient this might cause.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua

ACEM communications officer , +32 (0) 496 52 65 17

Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 11.5% during the first two months of 2016
07 Apr 2016

A total of 131,693 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first two months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of 13.4% compared to the 116,087 vehicles registered during the same period of 2016.

Registrations performed positively in Italy (27,933 units, +26%), Spain (19,665 units, +24.4%), UK (10,669 units, +18.3%) and Germany (16,105 units, +11.2%).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 18.9% during the first two months of 2016 on a year-on year basis. A total of 99,363 motorcycles were registered between January and February 2016, against 83,573 during the same period of 2015. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets, including Italy (24,954 units, 29.5%), Spain (17,763 units, +29.1%), UK (9,641 units, 20.5%), Germany (12,709 units, +11%) and France (18,547 units, +4.4%).

Moped registrations

A total of 32,330 mopeds were registered during the first two months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 32,514 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of 0.6%. Registrations increased in some of the key markets such as Germany (+11.7%, 3,396 units), Netherlands (7,813 units, +7.2%) and Italy (2,979 units, +2.3%). They decreased Spain (1,902 units, -7.1%) and France (9,687 units, -1.3%).

Documents available to download

Press contacts

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM Communications Officer

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  +32 496 52 65 17



New road safety campaign encouraging road users to watch for two-wheelers in the Netherlands
29 Mar 2016

On 17 March a new motorcycle safety campaign based on the theme ‘Good to see you!’ (Graag Gezien!) was launched in the Netherlands by the Dutch organisation ‘Motoplatform’.

The safety campaign focuses on encouraging drivers to look for motorcyclists on the road to reduce the number of collisions caused by car drivers noticing very late or completely overlooking riders.

The campaign will feature online videos that will be distributed through social media channels as well as radio spots at peak audience hours.

All the materials of the campaign can be downloaded at www.motorplatform.nl  

The campaign ‘Good to see you!’ is one of the measures foreseen in an Action Plan to improve motorcycle safety, recently adopted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Note for editors

‘Motorplatform’ is a body that brings together governmental bodies, interest groups and road safety organizations to further improve motorcycle safety in the Netherlands.

Members include RAI Vereniging (the Dutch trade association representing the Bicycle and Automotive Industries), the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Association (KNMV) and the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV)

Further information

Do you have any questions about this campaign? Please contact Arnout van der Leij, +31 (0) 611 25 45 74, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Materials available to download

i_HeERO launches online survey to understand riders’ expectations of eCall devices
29 Mar 2016

The members of the i_HeERO project have launched an online survey to gain a better understanding of riders’ expectations of eCall devices for powered-two wheelers and the nature of accident scenarios across Europe.

The i_HeERO survey will run until end of May 2016. Its results will help researchers to gain insights into what motorcycle and scooter riders understand by a potential eCall solution for powered-two wheelers, as well as to understand certain factors about powered-two wheeler users’ accident experiences.

No personal data will be collected in the process and all of the answers will be kept confidential.

The survey is available at http://iheero.hreconnect.eu/s/A3C01/  

What are eCall devices?

eCall technology allows for an emergency call to be made, either automatically or manually, from a crashed vehicle immediately after a road collision has occurred.

A recently published European Regulation (Regulation 2015/758) makes eCall devices mandatory in cars in Europe as of April 2018.

About the i_HeERO research project

The i_HeERO project is the 3rd large-scale project in the series supported by the European Commission.

The HeERO projects are to lead to the implementation of an emergency call solution to improve road safety in Europe. To learn more about IHEERO please click here.

Should you be interested in receving additional information about the i_HeERO project or the survey, please contact Shaddy Riaz (Honda Motorcycles Europe, Senior Project Researcher) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ACEM to host international conference on motorcycling safety 'The safe ride to the future'
07 Mar 2016

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, ACEM, will be hosting The safe ride to the future, a major international conference on motorcycling safety on 27 April 2016.

The event will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, 19 rue du Parnasse, Brussels, from 11:00 to 15:00.

Motorcycles play an increasing role in urban and leisure mobility across the European. At the same time, motorcyclists remain vulnerable road users requiring dedicated attention. The industry continuously works to ensure high safety levels for powered-two wheeler users. Yet, there is a clear case for increased cooperation between manufacturers, policy-makers and other key stakeholders.

The Safe ride to the future will explore how all relevant players can take up this challenge and better work together to further improve motorcycling safety in Europe. As part of the conference, ACEM will launch its new European Training Quality Label and will organise an exhibition on motorcycle safety technology.

Speakers at The safe ride to the future

Speakers at the conference will include:

- Stephan Schaller. ACEM President. BMW Motorrad President

- Antonio Perlot. European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). Secretary General

- Alisa Tiganj. Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility

- Inés Ayala Sender. Member of the European Parliament

- Szabolcs Schmidt. European Commission's Directorate General for Transport and Mobility. Head of the Road Safety Unit

- Gianfranco Burzio. European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Safety Director

- Antonio Avenoso. European Transport and Safety Council. Director

Programme and registration

To see the full programme and book please click here.


Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications officer

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +32 (0)49 652 65 17



The German Institute for Motorcycle Safety calls for papers on scooter and motorcycle safety
03 Mar 2016

The German Institute for Motorcycle Safety (Institut für Zweiradsicherheit e.V., ) has announced a call for papers on scooter and motorcycle safety. The deadline for abstract submissions is 17 March 2016.  

The selected papers will be presented during the 11th International Motorcycle Conference, which will take place in Cologne, Germany, on 3 and 4 October 2016. The event will give scientists, researchers and practitioners the opportunity to exchange views and discuss state-of-the-art research on powered-two and powered-three wheeler safety.

More information on this event can be found at the IfZ website at www.ifz.de  

A full description of the call for papers is available here.

More than 1,209,000 new motorcycles and mopeds registered in Europe in 2015
17 Feb 2016

New motorcycle and moped registrations increased by 5.1% in 2015 compared to the same period last year to reach 1,213,748, according to figures released today by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers.

The country where with more vehicles registered was France (242,885 vehicles, -3.4%), followed by Italy (196,653 vehicles, +6.4%), Germany (184,299, +4.8%), Spain (148,488 units, +17.6%) and the UK (114,811, +12.8%). 

Strong growth in the motorcycle segment across Europe

Motorcycle registrations grew by 10.3% during 2015 compared to 2014. Italy was the country where most motorcycles were registered: 172,033 (+9.9%), followed by France (153,239 vehicles, -0.1%) and Germany (151,661, +7.1%).

The fourth and fifth place are for countries that attained double digit growth: Spain (132,532 vehicles, 18.9%) and the UK (105,417 vehicles, +15.6%). 

Moped registrations continue to decline in most European markets

The moped segment continued to decrease through 2015. A total of 328,305 mopeds were registered across the European Union (-6.7% on a year-on-year basis).

The largest market for mopeds were France (89,646 mopeds, -8.7%), the Netherlands (65,932 mopeds, +4.9%), Germany (32,638 mopeds, -4.6%), Poland (30,430 mopeds, -25.3%), and Italy (24,620 mopeds, -13.2%). Spain was the only large European market in which moped registrations increased in 2015: 15,956 units (+7.8%).

Comments from ACEM Secretary General

Commenting on the recent evolution of the European motorcycle and moped market ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“We will still need to wait until July 2016 to assess whether this is a real recovery, but the sector seems to have regained momentum in 2015. This was a very positive year for the industry, with registrations increasing in most European countries, particularly in large markets like Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom”.

“In any case, the sector still faces a delicate situation in Europe. In 2015 about 1.21 million vehicles were registered. That is still less than half the registration levels we saw before the economic crisis (2.43 million units in 2007).”

“This industry needs supportive policies that promote job creation in the manufacturing sector as well as vehicle exports to third countries”.

Documents available to download

Press contacts

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM Communications Officer

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

+32 496 52 65 17

ACEM Secretary General outlines the priorities of the sector during the first GEAR 2030 meeting
15 Feb 2016

On 26 January 2016, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot presented the motorcycle industries’ views on the present and future of the sector at the first meeting of the High Level Group GEAR 2030.

During his presentation Mr Perlot explained that the economic downturn has put considerable pressure on the sector and that there is a clear need for policies that create favourable and predictable conditions to help motorcycle manufacturers to continue investing in Europe.

Fair and balanced trade agreements, a clear and workable type-approval framework as well as market surveillance activities, were mentioned as good examples of some of the policies needed by the motorcycle industry.

Mr Perlot also emphasized that emerging technologies such as intelligent transport systems and, in the future, automated vehicles have a high safety potential for vulnerable road users. 

A space for cooperation between industry and policy-makers

Commenting on the first meeting of GEAR 2030, ACEM and BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller said:

“We welcome this major initiative and we will remain closely involved in the work done in GEAR 2030. It is particularly encouraging that the European Commission has decided to continue the good cooperation with ACEM members, and to follow up on the work done by the Cars 2020 forum”.

The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said:

“I expect this group to develop a forward-looking agenda to fuel innovation, adapt to new trends and reinforce access to growth-driven markets. With this process I am also turning a new page in cooperation with the industry. I trust we can build a positive agenda”.

About GEAR 2030

The High Level Group GEAR 2030 is an EU initiative which will run for 2 years and will discuss and formulate recommendations to ensure that the European automotive industry remains competitive at the international stage.

The first GEAR 2030 meeting took place on 26 January 2016 and brought together several European associations including ACEM, ACEA and ETRMA, as well as representatives from Member States, trade unions, consumer organisations and NGOs.

The meeting was also attended by the several European Commissioners including Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship); Günther Oettinger (Digital Economy and Society); Marianne Thyssen (Employment and Social Affairs); and Violeta Bulc (Mobility and Transport).

Further information

To see the full composition of the group please click here.

To learn more about GEAR 2030 please click here.

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