Analysis – the 2008 European Transport Safety Council review “Vulnerable Riders” and its influence on European Union law on motorcycle safety Headline
Analysis of Martin Winkelbauer
We started work on this review back in 2006 with a view to influencing future legislation. – These things take a long time and it was not until the European Union passed the road safety aspects of Euro 4 in 2016 that we saw the first results! Research with which I have been associated on motorcycle braking is cited in the review and dates back even further.
The review took us two years to complete with publication in 2008. We settled a compromise in the section recommending action on braking systems taking the view that CBS (combined braking) was adequate given the cost of anti-lock braking systems as a proportion of overall vehicles costs in the 125cc sector.
Looking back I think we could have been bolder and recommended ABS for all powered two-wheelers. However, we see that industry has decided to go for ABS on the 125s anyway, as now the costs are so low it makes sense. A stricter request would probably have delayed mandatory implementation, which came a full year earlier than the European Commission had initially planned.
It is interesting that the Indian government will follow the EU in 2018. They are well aware that factories in India are producing ABS equipped motorcycles – including small ones – for export. They see no reason why the domestic consumer should not have the same. I fully agree. Without any doubt, ABS – in particular with motorcycles – solves a problem for which this is the only solution.
With the low cost technology of AHO (automatic headlights on) the news is less positive. The motorcycle industry still makes millions of vehicles for sale in Asia and Latin America without this being fitted as standard. It is crazy, the cost is less than fitting an on/off switch!
Read the full document "VULNERABLE RIDERS Safety implications of motorcycling in the European Union" HERE