MEPs approve motorbike safety rules
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MEPs approve motorbike safety rules

New safety rules which some bikers fear will push up motorcycling costs were overwhelmingly approved by MEPs today.

After two years of negotiations and revisions, the planned legislation will mean safer, greener motorbikes, three-wheelers and quad bikes, according to the British Conservative MEP who steered the plans through the European Parliament.

Malcolm Harbour, chairman of the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee, welcomed a 643-16 show of support for measures including mandatory anti-lock braking (ABS) on powerful motorbikes, advanced braking on scooters, tougher exhaust emissions targets, and basic on-board diagnostics.

A bid by the European Commission to oblige all bike makers to build in “anti-tampering” measures to avoid high-speed modifications was watered down to apply only to bikes for young or inexperienced riders, where power or speed is already restricted.

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