The European Parliament adopted on the 9th of September 2015 Wim van de Camp’s “Report on the implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport: taking stock and the way forward towards sustainable mobility”.
In the report motorcycles are seen as a way to solve the problems in urban transport by tackling congestion and parking problems as well as providing a solution for small logistics. The report also states that the specific design and afferent benefits of these vehicles should be adequately taken into account and reflected in EU transport legislation and guidelines. In Mr. Van de Camp’s report the implementation of the White Paper on Transport, launched by the European Commission in 2011, is evaluated and recommendations are given for the next years. Although this report has no legislative characteristics itself it is the base of many regulations on the wide area of transport. Motorcycles are seen as a way to solve the problems in urban transport by tackling congestion and parking problems as well as providing a solution for small logistics. The report also states that the specific design and afferent benefits of these vehicles should be adequately taken into account and reflected in EU transport legislation and guidelines.
This means that using motorcycles and other powered two-wheelers should be stimulated and facilitated. Motorcycles should be considered when new roads are designed but also in the maintenance and design of existing roads. The European Parliament also calls for actions to reduce accidents among vulnerable road users, in particular users of two-wheeled vehicles, pedestrians in urban environments and older drivers. Also to the extension, within the revision of the Directive 2008/96 EC on road infrastructure safety management of its four main measures to other parts of the road network, including all parts of motorways and rural and urban roads. In other words: all roads should be designed, monitored and maintained in the same way as the roads that are part of the TEN-T network.. in practice this means better design and better maintenance of all roads in the whole of Europe.
This is the first time that the European Parliament recognizes the importance of motorcycles for transport. We have been saying for a long time, that motorcycles are part of the solution for urban congestion. environment and parking problems. The use of motorcycles should be stimulated and facilitated. In cities like Rome and Paris there would be enormous problems if anybody who now uses a motorcycle or scooter would go by public transport or, even worse, by car. Therefore we are very glad with the report from Wim van de Camp and the adoption of it by the European Parliament and we hope, that the European Commission will do something with it and take adequate action.
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