October 12 2012.

ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in Europe, has called on the European Parliament and Member States to reject the Directive on driving licences due to lack of consultation of stakeholders and potential negative consequences on riding schools operations and licensing costs, raising the barriers to the access of motorcycles and scooters.
The provision, tabled by the European Commission under the comitology procedure less than three months before it enters into force requires motorcycle training schools and test centres to purchase an additional vehicle fulfilling the new A2 test vehicle requirements in order to be able to offer the test to A2 motorcycle licence applicants. The consequent EU-wide increase of test vehicles fleet is not economically justified due to the low demand for motorcycle licences in certain areas of the European Union.

ACEM points out further that raising the minimum power for test motorcycles of category A from 40 kW to 50 kW will lead to an increase in costs for training and licensing and is unjustified.
By referring to gender differences as regards motorcycle minimum weight, the European Commission furthermore risks being criticized for discriminating women and citizens of small stature, who should be free to take their test on an appropriately sized vehicle.

By excluding industry and stakeholders from any kind of consultation the European Commission, incomprehensibly ignored the fact that these provisions will lead to an increase in costs for training and license acquisition, unfairly raising the barriers to motorcycle use.
Member States will be asked to express themselves on these provisions at next COREPER's meeting on Wednesday, October 17th. As no amendments can be proposed in the Comitology procedure at this late stage, ACEM calls on MEPs and Member States to reject the directive as a whole, allowing for stakeholders' positions to be duly taken into account, and a compromise solution to be found.
Jacques Compagne, ACEM Secretary General: "It is regrettable that the European Commission conducted the revision of the directive behind closed doors without involving any stakeholder in the discussions. Provisions that directly affect driving schools which are mainly SMEs and family run businesses, must take into account the economic crisis and the difficulties experienced by such businesses today. Unlike car driving schools, motorcycle riding schools do not benefit from the same economies of scale. ACEM therefore calls for a rejection of the directive, allowing for an appropriate consultation process to be launched."