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France: Parliament Rejects Mandatory Technical Inspection for Motorcycles

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Motorcycle MOT Bay
Good news for motorcycle riders living in France (and other European countries: The Netherlands, Sweden and Finland). The European Commission proposed law that would make an annual technical inspection (MOT) of motorcycles mandatory  has been massively rejected by the French parliament and senate.

The French Association of Angry Bikers (FFMC Open link in a new window) had not only been lobbying heavily against the new proposed law, but had also held massive protest rides. The interesting tidbit of this veto was that all parties - left, center and right - were against the law.

So what happens now? If 5 other countries vote "NO" against this law, it will be binned. But for that to happen, 5 other countries must reject the law. If not, it goes up for vote in the European Parliament, where hopefully the text will be voted down.

There has never been any statistics or study results that have determined that motorcycle accidents happen because of badly maintained motorcycles. We all know that our bikes are well maintained. But under pressure of the garages that have been sourced with the task, many governments are buckling. It's all about money, not lives.


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