MOTORCYCLISTS AND EUROPE: A CRISIS OF FAITH?
February 27 2013.


The European Commission and Parliament are working on unified Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) that would affect all road users, including 40 million powered two-wheelers.

 
Despite the fact that every objective study underlines how useless such a measure would be for road safety, despite a quasi-unanimous rejection by the Council of Europe, despite the strong opposition, petitions and demonstrations of the riders, this project keeps moving forward, casting serious doubts about the actual motives of the people in charge.

From the start, the commission based its proposal on grossly biased figures provided by a private German corporation that is amongst the leaders of the RWT business. Recently, a "public hearing" only carried the voice of professionals with a direct interest in the expansion of RTW; save one motorists organization. No other users or truly independent road safety experts were able to voice their concern. After several requests the rapporteur, MEP Werner Kuhn from Germany, still hasn't replied to FEMA who wants to discuss the other side of the question: the impact on the citizens. For them it's collectively a matter of billions of Euros, countless wasted hours, not to mention the very costly time spent by the European administration on this worthless topic, when so many longawaited progresses are kept pending - not only on road safety, but also on the bigger picture issues of the economy etc.

Road users in general, and motorcyclists in particular, are beginning to question the democracy and objectiveness of the decision-making process, and of rapporteur Kuhn himself. It would not be the first time the European Union was accused of not having its actual people's interests as a priority, and one can only wonder if it can really afford yet another example of partiality, even over such a proportionally small issue.

The powered two-wheelers organizations will keep providing their elected representatives at the European Parliament (and in the media) with objective facts and independent studies that prove that Road Worthiness Testing is NOT a road safety issue for motorcycles. They hope that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality will be respected, that common sense will prevail, and that this issue will not become one more symbol of an autocratic Europe giving in to economic pressure rather than taking the will and needs of the citizens into account. It is now up to the Parliament and especially rapporteur Kuhn to make sure of that.