“Inspection of Motorcycles”Daniele D'Onofrio
CITA together with ANCIA (Associação Nacional de Centros de Inspeção Automóvel), and in collaboration with the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU hosted a web-conference entitled “Inspection of Motorcycles“.
More than 200 participants from all over the world were able to participate at the event and listen the interventions from Mr. Paulo Areal, President ANCIA – Mr. Eduardo Feio, President of the Institution for Mobility and Transport who showed the results and the challenges of the technical inspection of vehicles in Portugal, and Prof. Wolfgang Schulz from the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen who presented a cost and benefit analysis on the inspection of mopeds in Spain.
According to data published by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the market in the EU grew by eight percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, and even by 4 % in 2020 – despite the corona restrictions. In total, over 1.1 million new motorcycles have been registered which shows an impressive attractiveness of two wheelers, even if the use of motorcycle is the most dangerous mode of road travel in Europe. In fact, in 2019, almost 6000 motorized two wheeler users died in the EU, and the risk of death for motorcyclists is 20 times higher that for car drivers.
“To achieve utmost possible safety results of motorcycles, the roadworthiness instruments must guarantee safe and compliant vehicles during the whole life cycle. Impartial vehicle inspection plays a key role to improve road safety of two wheelers and helps to reach the EU reduction targets of 50 % for fatalities and injuries until 2030. In addition, the periodic emission test of motorcycles supports to improve air quality especially in urban areas. Therefore, I am convinced that PTI must become mandatory for the EU” stated G. MÜLLER, CITA President.