IMCO – What the Hell!

While we wait for the full publication of the vote taken on 5th December from the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee regarding the European Commission’s proposal – Approval and market surveillance of two – or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles, the Rapporteur Wim van de Camp has replied to questions about some of the issues.

It appears from the “interview” that it is ok for Mr van de Camp to give woolly answers especially regarding anti-tampering and modifications, that there will be some new rules and in practice the bikers will have the same possibilities to modify their motorcycles, not to tamper with them and that national inspection authorities will be in charge of controlling modifications.

However the Impact Assessment that is being carried could see some changes regarding stage II of OBD (On Board Diagnostics) and difficulties with negotiations with the Council of Ministers with the ABS (Advanced Braking Systems) because of the addition of including (50cc-125cc) machines and not allowing manufacturers the choice between Combined Braking Systems (CBS) instead of ABS (Antilock Braking Systems), which ACEM is not at all happy about.

We need to find out in-depth what the hell MEPs have voted through and we are trying to find out why, what was their reasoning and their justifications, by asking the Rapporteur and the Shadow Rapporteurs questions.

At this stage only Kerstin Westphal has acknowledged that she has received our communication, but we are still waiting for her response to our questions.

We are starting to wonder now if the EU Commission is the good guy!

A major concern for us is that an ABS manufacturer with vested interests, especially concerning ABS brakes, has influenced the outcome of this vote. If this is the case, then we need to ask serious questions.

What the hell is happening in Brussels!

Read the interview at Right To Ride EU – Click Here

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