#Consumer Affairs
EU Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee

Wim van de Camp (Dutch MEP) is the rapporteur of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee for the regulation on the approval and market surveillance of two and three wheel vehicles and quadricycles. He is a biker and has a good understanding of the issues. He has visited motorcycle manufacturers to get their point of view, but he needs input from riders.

The deadline for amendments to the draft report will be considered at the EU Parliament Internal Market Committee meets on 20th June, 2011 and consideration to the amendments will be discussed on 12th July consequently the deadline for this petition has been extended. Please sign and we will send the petition to Mr van de Camp so that he is aware of the views of motorcyclists in Europe.

We the undersigned, believe that the extension of anti-tampering measures is unnecessary. The proposal is based on a study by TUV (Germany) which was unable to provide any evidence that tampering is widespread. In fact the Commission recognised this fact and is carrying out another study to justify their proposal. This suggests that their proposal was founded on “what a good idea” rather than evidence.

The proposals of the EU Commission to make compulsory ABS brakes and On Board Diagostics (OBD), will have devastating consequences on the industry in terms of costs and thus drive up the cost of purchasing a motorcycle. The Commission's proposals would effectively undermine the industry, which is struggling to recover from the economic downturn.

The case for mandatory Automatic Headlights On by the Commission is based purely on safety reasons, yet there is no compelling evidence that permanent headlights on will have any effect on casualty reductions, rather it seems that the purpose is to reduce competition from manufacturers outside Europe that do not include AHO on their motorcycles.

On the website (DG Enterprise and Industry), it states that the European Commission aims to promote successful entrepreneurship and improve the business environment for SMEs, to allow them to realise their full potential in today's global economy.

In the case of small businesses in Annex III the Commission proposes to lower the limit units for small series to 50 for motorcycles and trikes (L3e and L5Ae) and to 100 for side cars (L4e). The current units allowed are 200 units for small series (see Directive 2002/24/EC Article 15 (3) a (i)).

We believe that this restriction would in fact significantly cripple small series motorcycle, tricycle and sidecar manufacturers.

The Regulation Not Strangulation petition to EU Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee was written by Elaine Hardy and is in the category Consumer Affairs at GoPetition.