An increasing number of citizens and businesses in Europe are turning to motorcycles and scooters to combat urban congestion, and the European Commission is already planning new legislation intended to shape the powered two-wheeler industry through 2020.
Jacques Compagne, Secretary General of the Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM), says the motorcycle industry must commit to new environmental objectives to secure a positive future for motorcycling in the European Commission’s newly created laws.
As a result, ACEM proposes to introduce a EURO 3 standard for mopeds and a Euro 4 standard for motorcycles in 2012, introduce a more stringent emission test cycle, and introduce a EURO 5 standard for motorcycles in 2015 with the same emission thresholds as passenger cars.
It is thought that moving from current EURO 3 to EURO 5 will achieve a 50 percent reduction of motorcycle pollutant emissions.
“These steps, necessary to provide sufficient lead time to comply with industrial design and production constraints, are fundamental to contribute to stability and employment in the sector in these difficult times for the economy,” Compagne said during ACEM’s 5th annual conference, held Dec. 1 in Brussels, Belgium.
ACEM is the professional body representing the interests and combined skills of 11 OEMs and 15 national associations out of 13 European countries. OEM members include the BMW, Buell, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, MBK, Peugeot, the Piaggio Group, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha.
Participants in the ACEM conference included ACEM President Stefan Pierer (left) and ACEM Secretary General Jacques Compagne, among others.