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Europe: ACEM Ask Regulators To Be Realistic

30
March
2010
  Posted at 08:15:00 AM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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ACEM Open link in a new window, the European motorcycle manufacturers association (consisting of Europe's 12 main motorcycle manufacturers), are asking the European Commission to adopt realism when drafting the new technical legislation.

After the last 2 terrible years, 2010 is anything by rosy for the European motorcycle industry, and if the European Commission put stricter laws in place for motorcycles, many will not see 2011. With limited scrapage schemes (not like those for the car industry, which have made bundles for their manufacturers), stricter regulations will drive people away from buying new motorcycles. With an industry that counts 150,000 people employed in the manufacturing and deployment of motorcycles, it means a lot of jobs are at stake.

Stefan Pierer, ACEM President and CEO of Austrian manufacturer KTM Sport Motorcycles: “In order to bounce back from the crisis through new opportunities, Europe will have to address these fundamental issues through enhanced cooperation between policy makers and industry.  “Making it happen” is indeed the main message of President Barroso’s new flagship strategy “EU2020”.  It was also the main headline of last ACEM Conference and we are willing to do our part”.

Since Europe is looking for innovative ways of exiting the financial crisis, ACEM are asking for a better cooperation between policy-makers and the industry. Next to regulatory stability in the EU, European motorcycle manufacturers seek a level playing-field on the global market and ask for greater attention from policy-makers to ensure equal conditions for all manufacturers, including those from emerging economies, both in Europe and on extra-European markets.

Let's just hope that the European Commission politicians start taking note, that there's an industry that not only employs many people, but also provides an alternative for of transport that is better for the ecology while making transportation in cities easier. And then not to forget, that many people enjoy riding motorcycles and scooters.

Via: Acem



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