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Type-approval delay: EC ‘must try harder’

The chief of the body representing European motorcycle manufacturers has criticised the European Commission over the type-approval legislation due to come into effect on 1 January, 2016.

Acem president Stephan Schaller said some aspects of the legislation were still undecided and the uncertainty was “creating considerable uncertainty and costs for our industry”. Schaller also told delegates at the ACEM’s 11th annual conference in Brussels that the delay was making production planning “very challenging”.

“Looking ahead,” Schaller said, “what does our industry need from policy-makers? The answer is simple – a clear and predictable framework, a framework that supports the competitiveness of our sector, a framework that creates a positive environment for the use of our vehicles.

“We can all agree that European rules are essential to ensure the internal market functions properly. All companies must play by the same rules. All vehicles must comply with the same requirements. However, some aspects of the type-approval regulations which will be applied to our industry from 2016 are still open.

“While we do recognise the efforts put in by the European Commission, I must nevertheless state that more efforts are needed. I will not go into further details now.

“The current situation creates considerable uncertainty and costs for our industry. It also makes production planning very challenging.”

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