CEN meetings – Vienna 3 & 4 May 2018
CEN (the European Standards organisation) continues with its work on new standards for motorcycling clothing. FIM has observer status in these meetings and was present in Vienna.
Currently most riders who are using motorcycles and scooters to travel to and from work do not use clothing that is marked as PPE – personal protective equipment. The exception is the protectors fitted to such clothing which have been marked to a CE standard for many years.
This is changing with a new European Union PPE regulation. Much of the of the meeting was devoted to a final line by line check of the text of provisional EN 17092.
Standard CEN 13595 will remain in force in parallel with the new one for the next few years. Ultimately the goal is to merge the two. 17092 allows for a lighter series of garments to be produced that will better serve the needs of city riders – particularly in the hot parts of southern Europe such as Rome and other cities in the south where motorcycles and scooters are part of everyday transport.
A report was also received on the early stage of new work on a standard for the increasingly popular air bag clothing that is coming into the top end of the market. Here the needs of road riders are very different to those racing in Moto GP where air bag technology is used to address the very different dynamics of falls on the track.