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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: MAG updates  Reply with quote

Further to all the other deliberations in Europe over the Super MoT, the Transport Council of Ministers meeting yesterday confirmed that they wished all motorcycles to be excluded and that the Regulation be reclassified as a Directive, so that individual member states would have more room to implement what they chose.

From the PR- "The Council agreed a general approach on a draft directive updating the common rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles. (…) (it) does not retain the Commission's proposal to extend periodic tests to motorcycles and light trailers and to increase the minimum frequency of checks for older cars and light commercial vehicles from every two years to every year throughout the Union. Member states, though, are free to impose stricter rules."

The UK will of course keep its MoT for bikes, but won't now be forced to separate the testing centre from the repair shop, or introduce all the other excessive ideas that the EU Commission had tabled.

This is a huge victory for our campaign and especially the work of all the FEMA member organisations who pulled together on this and worked to influence their national governments.

The EU Parliament may still argue on behalf of the Commission and the private interests who stood to gain so much from this, but it's doubtful.

I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to write to MEPs about this. It will be interesting to see how they respond in the new year, having originally said that they would press ahead because it was bound to increase safety, even though, as with the anti-tampering, there was no evidence to show that it would...


If you click the campaigns tab on the www.mag-uk.org website there are summaries of various other ongoing issues at year end.


On a different note, the DSA have released a wonderfully complicated non flow chart entitled "Routes to your licence" ahead of all the changes that will take place on January 19th.
Although its design is bad enough, the first page is actually a demonstration of the outgoing system, but without an obvious header to say so. They must have a department dedicated to confusion!

It's good to see they remain true to form.

http://assets.dft.gov.uk/dsa/dsa-routes-to-your-motorcycle-licence.pdf

Have a very Happy Christmas and apologies if I have missed an email from you during the year


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Paddy Tyson
Campaigns Coordinator
Motorcycle Action Group
www.mag-uk.org
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Courtesy of Paddy Tyson...

please see the text below for a suggested letter to your MEPs about the EU plans for a Super MoT.

If this is the first time you've contacted your MEPs please note that you have more than one because the voting system for European elections is different to what we use in the UK for Westminster parliamentary elections.

MEPs from different parties are meant to represent you, so please consider writing to them all (although those of you in the East Midlands may not want to bother contacting Bill Newton-Dunn given his previous performances!).

You can find all the contact details through the link below. Just click on the region of the map relevant to where you live. Feel free to write a letter or send an email

http://www.europarl.org.uk/view/en/your_MEPs/List-MEPs-by-region.html

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Dear..........

I am writing to raise my deep concern over current proposals that would raise the cost and complexity of the UK’s MoT test.
The Commission’s proposals for Road Worthiness Testing (Regulation COM2012/380) will require MoT stations to make considerable investment in training and test equipment to a different, but not better, standard than at present.
This and other aspects of the proposal threatens to put smaller local MoT stations out of business and make it harder to find a motorcycle MoT test station in rural areas.  The UK’s record on vehicle defects, especially motorcycle defects, is already one of the best anywhere so there is no sense in putting it under needless pressure at a time when many small and medium size businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
The Proposal is for the harmonisation of roadworthiness testing systems, but this appears to be pursued as an end in itself with little road safety advantage for motorcycle users; several countries with a similarly very low rate of crashes involving motorcycle defects do not include motorcycles within their testing regimes at all.
There is no clear case for the harmonisation of motorcycle RWT in general and no case at all for the UK to adopt the proposed system in support of better motorcycle safety across the EU. The Commission relies on a single report by an organisation with considerable financial interest in expanding the RWT industry.  The report claims that 8% of motorcycle accidents are attributable to component failures which could be avoided by periodic testing.  The Council has found that these findings are ambiguous and bear no relation to other EU studies which typically find less than 1% of motorcycle crashes are directly caused by a defect and that no more than 5% of crashes have any relation to a defect.
The Council of Ministers’ have proposed to exclude motorcycles and reclassify the proposal as a Directive which would give each Member State far more control over the right course of action for their circumstances. For the UK, this would be beneficial in terms of cost and inconvenience when no discernible benefits have been identified.
Four national parliaments have voted against implementing this proposal, the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee and the DfT have rejected the proposals for motorcycles.
The representative body of motorcyclists in the UK, the Motorcycle Action Group, is calling on MEPs to take an interest in this subject and to make it clear to their colleagues on the TRAN committee that public opinion and the Council of Ministers are against needless change that threatens the interests of riders and business alike.

Yours Sincerely.........
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And my first responce...

Dear Mr Phillips

Thank you for your email regarding the European Commission's proposal for an EU Regulation on Periodic Road Testing. I have received a number of emails relating to this issue and have passed them on to my colleague, Jacqueline Foster, who is the Conservative Spokesman on Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament and therefore has a better understanding of these issues - her response is outlined below.

The proposed regulation, which is part of the 'Roadworthiness Package', was published by the European Commission in July last year. The process of scrutiny in the Transport Committee is now underway and I recently attended a hearing on this matter where I raised many of your concerns.

The Transport Committee is expected to reach its view on the proposal in May 2013. It is then expected that the proposal will be voted by the full Parliament in July 2013. After this, the matter will be referred back to the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, which is comprised of national Transport Ministers from across the EU. I realise this process is very bureaucratic, you will be able to follow its progress through the web site of the European Parliament.

As a Conservative MEP for the North West, and as Spokesman on Transport & Tourism for the Conservatives in the European Parliament, I am concerned that this is yet further interference by the EU in matters which, certainly in the case of the United Kingdom, are handled perfectly well. I, too, share your concern that the original Commission proposal will threaten to put smaller local MoT stations out of business. The Conservative party is in favour of new equipment that is cost effective and provides a material gain in road safety. However some test equipment specified in the original European Commission proposal will simply drive up costs for providers, whilst being of poor road safety value.

Furthermore, the Commission has proposed to have L-Class vehicles (Motorcycles) included in the Periodic roadworthiness tests. I believe that there is limited road safety benefit from including motorcycles in the proposal. I am glad to see that Ministers within the European Council have listened to our concerns and have adopted a general approach to exclude motorcycles and reclassify the proposal as a Directive which would give each Member State far more control over the right course of action. These changes were welcomed by all Member States during a recent European Council meeting.

On a last note, I am glad to report that following a strong Conservative uproar, the Commission has decided to back down from its original plans to have modified classic cars taken off the road. It has been recognised, even within the European Council, that classic cars should be exempted from EU legislation, and that defining and testing such vehicles should remain the responsibility of the Member State.

I have already held meetings with my Government colleagues and representatives from the Department for Transport regarding this issue; I will work closely with them throughout the legislative process to ensure the interests of the UK are safeguarded.

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Julie Girling

MEP for the South West of England & Gibraltar

Chief Whip of the UK Conservative Party Delegation in the European Parliament

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*** NEWS ***

Super-MOT - latest update
Direct from FEMA: Vital MEPs exclude motorcycles from proposed new Technical Inspection rules.

Following the opinion expressed by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee last month, the all-important Transport Committee members today adopted an amendment excluding all L-category vehicles, including motorcycles, from the scope of the proposed new legislation on Periodic Technical Inspections.

This illustrates that the European Parliament is following FEMA’s views on the need for solid and unbiased evidence before imposing new costs on EU citizens. With both the Council of Ministers and the Parliament against the Commission’s plans, this could represent a major victory for FEMA on mandatory PTI.
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