September 15 2010.

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on mandatory periodical technical inspections in Europe, which includes motorcyles. FEMA urges riders to participate and show their opposition.

Roadworthiness testing or periodical technical inspections (PTI) are tests carried out on vehicles on a regular basis, by a public or private test centre. The vehicle must comply with safety and environmental regulations to be allowed on the road. The members of FEMA seriously doubt that mandatory PTI will be able to further reduce the number of motorcycle accidents caused by technical defects.

The European Commission opened an internet consultation on the topic, which runs until September 24th. In an official letter to the Commission FEMA complained that the consultation form is only available in English, and provided users with translations of the questionnaire in several European languages. A Facebook group opposing harmonised PTI already acquired 1000 members within less than one week, showing strong opposition from the motorcycling community.

A special issue of the FEMA newsletter summarizes the doubts and concerns of motorcyclists regarding PTI. Besides statistical evidence, it also highlights that the driving forces behind PTI have a vital economic interest in reinforced testing while the goal of accident reduction tends to be forgotten. FEMA also criticizes that all cost-benefit analysis of PTI fail to include the costs arising for the consumer: time and money.

FEMA calls for decision-makers to act decisively by promoting effective safety measures instead of mandatory PTI, such as better training for all road users and more adapted infrastructure.

FEMA now urges all concerned riders to participate to the consultation and show their opposition to mandatory technical inspections while there is still time.