November 16 2012.

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday on more stringent safety and emission standards for future mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads, covering about 30 million vehicles.

In a release issued today by the European Parliament, it states that such vehicles currently account for only two per cent of traffic, but 16 per cent of fatal accidents, on Europe's roads.

It further claims that manufacturers will benefit as there will be one new regulation replacing the 15 existing directives.

Key elements of the new rules, already agreed with the Council of Ministers, are;

  • Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) will 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.
  • New measures to prevent tampering of power trains to make vehicles go faster
  • As L-category vehicles emit disproportionally high levels of pollutants, MEPs proposed to bring them down by extending the Euro 3 standards to mopeds from 1 January 2016. This will now be included in the legislation.
  • For heavy motorcycles, the more stringent Euro 4 standards would apply from 2016 and Euro 5 limits from 2020.
Additional Information:
Debate: Monday, 19 November
Vote: Tuesday, 20 November
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
Press conference: Tuesday at 17.00 (tbc)