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French bikers protest at proposed European road worthiness test

September 22, 2012

The European Union (EU) has recently come up with proposals to force all motorbikes and scooters to go through a compulsory road worthiness test in all 27 member states. Such test is already compulsory for bikes in some EU countries such as the United Kingdom (the test there is called MOT), but the objective of the EU is to make it compulsory and universal across the board.

Motorbikes and scooters are currently exempt from road worthiness tests in France but the most powerful and respected French motorcycle pressure group called Fédération Française des Motards en Colère – FFMC (French Federation of Angry Bikers) is radically opposed to any proposals that consist of introducing a road worthiness test for bikes in France. Statistics clearly show that the main cause of accidents involving motorcycles is due to four wheels motorised drivers not paying attention to road traffic conditions and not looking into their mirrors. A minor percentage of motorcycle accidents are due to technical (worthiness) issues directly relating to the motorbikes or scooters involved.

Thousands of French bikers, together with a large number of other EU motorcyclists, are planning a series of massive protests outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the European Commission in Brussels. “We will not tolerate for a minute to be the victims of non-sense and money grabbing policies imposed on us by the EU without sound justification when our own domestic legislation exempts motorcycles from road worthiness tests” reports an angry French biker who also happens to be one of our readers. “This is not acceptable and we have a right to say NO to the EU”, the same angry French biker continues.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, hundreds of bikers also continue to express their anger at the same EU proposals as, although motorcycles are subject to road worthiness/safety tests under British domestic law, the proposals made by the EU would have a significant impact on how the tests would need to be carried out in the UK.

As a first step at expressing their anger, a number of French bikers, under the supervision of the French pressure group FFMC, gathered outside the offices of a company called DEKRA (located just outside Paris) on Thursday 20 September 2012 at 11.30am local time. According to the bikers, DEKRA has had a very strong influence towards the EU with regards to the proposed introduction of road worthiness tests. DEKRA are believed to have prepared and published a series of studies to justify the introduction of the proposed road worthiness test for motorcycles across the European Union.  

The angry bikers left a bit of a mess behind them!

The bikers, without prior notice, turned up at DEKRA offices and parked their motorbikes in front of the main doors, thus completely blocking access to the building. At the same time, the same bikers threw eggs, oil and flour all over the windows and doors of the building whilst DEKRA employees were watching the scene horrified. A lorry also unloaded a ton of gravel just outside the DEKRA main reception lobby and the FFMC left its flag standing in the middle of the mass of gravel.

One ton of gravel was unloaded just outside DEKRA offices!

It would appear that the introduction of a road worthiness test for motorcycles across the EU would generate a massive 1.5 billion euros per annum, so no doubt why the EU, with the help of DEKRA, is so keen to impose such measure. We all know that these proposals are a simple way to generate extra income and the bikers are just fed up with being treated like cash cows.

According to the FFMC, this is only an “avant-goût”, i.e. one of the many protests that French bikers are planning ahead to force the EU politicians to abandon their proposals at their earliest convenience. Today, 30,000 bikers are protesting across France, Ireland, Finland and other EU states to oppose the proposed road worthiness test for motorbikes and scooters. The bikers’ war against these EU proposals is far from over!

We now leave you with a short video that will show you the sequence of events that made up the first of a series of protests in France against the introduction of a road worthiness test across the EU.

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If you’re based in France and want to take part in the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).

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Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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4 Comments
  1. Paul H permalink

    WOW, how excellent this is! If only we could do things like this in the USA and have the courage to stand up against our government as you guys do!

  2. I’m in two minds about this. I learnt to ride in the UK and the CBT while compulsory is not really a test as such. It is training and at the end of the day if you can stay up and control the bike you get your learner plates and off you go for a year before you either do the main test or keep doing CBT’s and stay on restricted bikes.

    In my case I needed the training as I didn’t know how to ride a bike. I picked up a few tips which I wouldn’t have realised if I had done it myself.

    As for the EU doing it across the board. I am suspicious. Training for all bikers is a good thing but I think the EU is just using it as a cash generator and to put people off biking. The EU is historically anti-biker so I don’t trust them.

    So I agree with training but I don’t want the EU administering it.

    • UK France bikers permalink

      Jonathan, this is not about training. The proposed road worthiness test is a test to check the technical condition of your bike, nothing to do with teaching bikers how to ride.

  3. Kev Garrington permalink

    French bikers bang on again, next time make it a ton of manure dropped on their front steps just to remind them what a ton of shit looks like, the EU stinks

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