European Parliament, Council provisionally agree on new safety, emissions rules for L-category vehicles in EU
2 October 2012
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and European Council negotiators provisionally agreed to new rules for increased safety and decreased emissions from all L-category vehicles in the EU—i.e., about 30 million mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads.
As these vehicles account for 16% of accident deaths on Europe’s roads, even though they make up only 2% of road traffic, MEPs inserted more stringent safety requirements for them, as well as tougher emission targets.
MEPs agreed that under the new rules, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) would have to be fitted to all “bigger” motorbikes (i.e. those over 125 cc), while ABS or combined brake systems (CBS) could be fitted to smaller ones (under 125 cc), including scooters.
As L-category vehicles emit disproportionally high levels of pollutants, MEPs successfully proposed to bring them down by extending the Euro 3 standards to mopeds from 1 January 2016.
For heavy motorcycles, the more stringent Euro 4 standards would apply from 2016 and Euro 5 limits from 2020. The Commission will carry out a comprehensive environmental impact study by 1 January 2016 to evaluate the air quality and share of pollutants emitted by L-category vehicles.
The provisionally agreed text still needs to be formally endorsed by Council and Parliament. The deal will be put to an Internal Market Committee vote at the next meeting in October and then a plenary one in November.
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