Approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles: - extracts from the report by Wim van de CAMP (EPP, NL)

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End production: 20/11/2012   First transmission: 20/11/2012
MEPs to push for safer and greener motorbikes MEPs discussed more stringent safety and emission standards for future mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads, which currently account for only 2% of traffic, but 16 % of fatal accidents on Europe's roads. Manufacturers will benefit too, as there will be one new regulation replacing the existing 15 directives. This midday they will put to vote new rules, agreed with the Council.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles: - extracts from the report by Wim van de CAMP (EPP, NL) 00:00:05
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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Wim VAN DE CAMP, MEP (EPP, NL) Rapporteur English translation : "Market surveillance is also something of huge importance because we have vehicles which are not necessary very expensive but not necessarily very safe either, coming from China or Korea. And it is not a good idea to have them circulating on the market in Europe. It's not about protectionism, it's about protecting our citizens." 00:00:21
00:00:31 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Wim VAN DE CAMP, MEP (EPP, NL) Rapporteur English translation "A few days ago we heard talks on electric bicycles, there was some doubts about the matter, but as a matter of fact these vehicles belong to the Machinery Directive : 250 Watts, maximum speed of 25 Km/hour. I'd like this not to be changed, if we increase that power we are going to increase the number of accidents on the road. And riders cycling on these electric bicycles, if they want to go faster, then they can choose vehicles belonging to our new text." 00:00:28
00:00:59 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Vittorio TAJANI, EU Commissioner in charge of Industry English translation : "These new regulations will be substantially improving the environment and safety performance of these vehicles which will be benefit the citizens of Europe. And we've taken the necessary time to make it possible for industry to adapt their production lines to these new requirements. Further more, the amendments to the legislative texts will allow public administration and companies to reduce costs." 00:00:30
00:01:29 SOUNDBITE (English) Roberts ZILE (ECR, LV), TRANSPORT "In the Transport Committee we lokk at this proposal manly from the road safety aspects because mopeds and motorcycles represents around 60% of the total of the road deaths in the EU. Therefore I welcome the fact that the agreed text will tackle in the most optimal way the road safety performances of motorbikes, mopeds, scooters, and quads, and will lay down the most appropriate and effective safety measures and technical requirements. " 00:00:27
00:01:56 SOUNDBITE (English) Gay MITCHELL, (EPP, UK) MEP "Previously only 4-wheeled vehicles had been subject to mandatory annual testing. Now all 2 and 3-whelers including motorcycles mopeds and scooters will come under the umbrella for periodical tests through the Commission proposals. I've not seen a convincing case for the introduction of these tests for motorcycles, it was pointed out in the study co-funded by the European Commission that only about 1% of the accidents involving motorcycles are caused or linked to technical defects. Clearly road-safety is the key-concern in this debate." 00:00:36
00:02:32 SOUNDBITE (German) Kerstin WESTPHAL (S&D, DE), MEP English translation : "Using such efficient technologies like the ABS break system again, I'm absolutely convinced that this is the way forward. And as far as cost efficiency, I think that it also pretty clear : it is not true that ABS is too expensive. We have managed to ensure that after 2016 for all new and after 2017 for all A-Types existing from 125 cm3 it will be mandatory to have these systems put in by the manufacturers." 00:00:36
00:03:08 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) TOINE MANDERS (NL, ALDE), MEP English translation: "It's a true that this dossier has proved to be very technical and even if we are considered technocrats, sometimes I was submerged with the number of amendments that I felt more like a mechanical than a politician. Now, personally, I would have like to see a more political approach on this issue, for instance, do we want in the future batteries to be exchangeable for electrical vehicles ? Do we want to stimulate innovation or do we froze immediately all possibilities within the homologation approval? Do we want greater visibility on the side of the vehicles so to ensure more security? Yes or no? How do we want to fight against ersatz or insufficient products, Mister van de Camp spoke about it, do we for example label the vehicles with a EU identification so that the consumer is able to know what the production country was ?" 00:00:57
00:04:05 SOUNDBITE (French) Jacky HENIN (GUE/NGL, FR), MEP " Let's take the example of one category of vehicles, quad bikes, mini-motos, mini-quads : over the last few years, they have become a plague of modern times. They've been used by a minority outside of the sites that are appropriate in an unsafe fashion, they have become dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and animals and a great deal of damages has been caused. And these form of products generally low-cost produced don't meet safety requirements for going on road. In France 61% percent of accidents that have been caused by quadbikes, minimotos or miniquads are children age less of 10 years. These engines are dangerous by nature, we therefore think that it's vital that we should legislate as a priority by stepping up the law on safety, on the training of drivers, on sound emission, on driving conditions." 00:00:58
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