Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all clear

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Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all clear

Postby Eamonn » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:11 pm

Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all clear... A reprieve!

With new licensing categories coming in to force on 19th January 2013, the rules change on what the power/cc/ weight the bikes have to be for candidates to take their practical test to enter each new category.

They've changed a lot recently and now it seems they've changed again- to what they were

It is a complicated system and a number of revisions which have all managed to further muddy the waters.

It was a very long campaign for example, that finally got the EU Commission to acknowledge that most 600cc bikes weren't exactly 600cc, so if the minimum test vehicle requirement to get a full bike licence was 600cc, they would actually permit the use of a 595cc machine.

With 6 months to go to implementation, the Commission again changed the minimum/ maximum power and weight requirements (depending on category), which had the effect of rendering some machines the training schools had just bought, as useless.

There were many complaints, but the EU Parliamentary committee said there was no time to halt the change, due to procedure. (That'd be the holy procedure they're happy to ignore on anti-tampering...)

Then the Commission changed things again and now they've released this press statement about what they will now permit the test suitable bikes to be.
Have a quick read of the paragraph below which explains their new idea. I'm sure you'll agree that it has certainly cleared up any confusion...

It modifies the requirements for the motorcycles used for the practical driving test, taking into account the existing models of motorcycles on the market. This will enable for instance the use of electric motorcycles for the test. The Commission has initiated the necessary to adopt a legal provision by the first quarter of 2013 that gives Member States the possibility to continue to authorise the use of current category 'A' motorcycles until 31 December 2018, thus avoiding economic burden to the training industry.

It would appear that after all the filibustering, the chopping and changing, the Commission have acknowledge their huge screw up (without saying so) and will now permit current category A bikes to be used to take the new test.

If they don't change their mind again next week, that means all the Direct Access bikes that training schools already own, will be suitable machines! Unbelievable!!
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Re: Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all c

Postby rex.webb » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:54 pm

NOW WAITING for the
NEXT INSTALMENT of this
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Re: Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all c

Postby Matchless_Mayhem » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:49 am

'They' wont rest until there are no bikers left... or until we kick Europe and it's idiotic lawmakers (votes for prisoners, anyone!?), up the ar*s and do our own thing - about bl**dy time we did, too.
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Re: Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all c

Postby saltbox alf » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:46 pm

Very succint , is that how you spell it? anyway it just goes to show that the eu crats don't know their a"$e from their elbow. I encourage every motorcyclist to join MAG in the uk and make some noise or your freedoms are going to dissapere before you know it. Don't just sit on yer bum there are so many silly ideas in the pipeline you gotta fight them, no use crying afterwards!!
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Postby Merlin » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:16 am

I thought we were affiliated to MAG as a club?
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Re: Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all c

Postby saltbox alf » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:40 am

Hi Merlin,I did not know that we, as a club, are affiliated to MAG? Do you know if it's posted anywhere?
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Re: Driving licence changes- the EU Commission make it all c

Postby RogerJ » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:13 am

Yes we are affiliated to MAG - although the subscription rate does not give Club members full membership rights. So if it something you feel very strongly about, MAG would be only too grateful if individuals took out a personal membership also.

Lesley Wright (nee Reeday) is the Club contact for MAG so if you have any issues you feel should be brought up then contact Lesley ( lesreeday@hotmail.com )

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Postby saltbox alf » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:10 pm

Ah thank you for the info, never knew we were. Hopefully helpful to other members.
I belong to the FFMC in France , so that must make us cousins :lol:
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