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Re: Draft Third EC Driving Licence Directive
I wish to bring to your attention my concerns over the draft Third EC Driving Licence Directive which, in its existing form, will adversely affect the future of motorcycling. I ask for your support in influencing its progress through The Council of Ministers in December.
The Directive is intended to improve road safety by introducing greater consistency to driver licensing, addressing fraud and keep unsafe drivers off the road. It also includes extensive proposals relating to motorcycling which, although intended to improve safety, have been poorly thought out, ignore motorcycle safety research like the Motorcycle Accident In-Depth Study (MAIDS) and are not likely to be effective. I support measures to improve road safety, particularly for motorcycles, but can see no benefit from such ill-conceived proposals. The motorcycling measures include:
- The introduction of three categories of motorcycle A1 (35 kW)
- Access to category A1 from age 16 (17 in the UK ) and minimum ages to A2 and A subject to rigid two-year intervals.
- A requirement for testing or training to progress from each category.
- Direct Access to category A from age 24
The existing measures under the Second EC Driving Licence Directive, while criticised by riders and the enforcement community for their complexity, at least allow progress from category A1 via two years experience on an up to 25 kW motorcycle to category A and offers Direct Access at age 21. If there are any safety issues they are related to Direct Access by riders in their 30s and older which is already to be reviewed under The Government's Motorcycling Strategy.
The 3rd EC Driving Licence Directive's proposals will produce an even more complex motorcycle licensing process that will be neither understandable nor enforceable and will make motorcycling less accessible with no safety benefit. This flies in the face of The UK Government's Motorcycling Strategy which seeks to mainstream motorcycling for transport and leisure while making positive recommendations to improve safety without compromising its accessibility. It also runs counter to the EC's stated intent to introduce legislation only where there is a clear and demonstrable benefit in doing so.
In view of this, the UK 's motorcycling community - including the British Motorcyclists Federation, the Motorcycle Action Group UK, and the wider Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations - considers that the motorcycling proposals should be deleted from the 3rd EC Driving Licence Directive and revisited in not less than three years time.
By then interventions already in progress will have taken effect and more research can be taken into account to