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Ec confirms: no speed limiters for motorcycles

‘No speed limiters for motorcycles,’ says EC



Speed limiters will not be introduced for motorcycles, the European Commission has confirmed, but technology will warn riders that they are speeding.

The clarification came in response to a request from FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations).

After the news broke in April that the EC wanted overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for cars, FEMA says a large part of the automotive and motorcycle press reported the development as “speed limiters for cars and motorcycles”. The EC has confirmed this is not correct.

FEMA wrote to Matthew Baldwin, the deputy director-general for mobility and transport and European coordinator for road safety and sustainable mobility, to voice concerns about ISA on motorcycles. It made the point that no technological developments with potential to improve road safety should be implemented without proper consultation with motorcyclists.

“We stressed the fact that certainly a measure like ISA should not be implemented without first clearly establishing the need for introduction on motorcycles,” wrote FEMA, asking the EC to confirm that the new regulations did not apply to motorcycles and that future regulation would not affect speed either by braking or by reducing engine power and would be tested to guarantee the safety of the motorcyclists.

Baldwin replied: “You mention some information circulating in the media to the effect that Intelligent Speed Assistance will be required for motorcycles. This is certainly not true. As you are aware, motorcycles are not within the scope of the General Safety Regulation and the Pedestrian Safety Regulation.

“Even if the Commission were eventually to make a proposal making ISA mandatory for motorcycles, this would require an impact assessment and a cost-benefit analysis. This evaluation would take into account the specificities and needs of these vehicles and the paramount need for the safety of riders.”



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