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Technical inspection of two-wheelers: the big blur!  – France

When could the technical control of two-wheelers be put in place?

This is THE question that arises today and it is still not certain that it is applied in France. It had to be no later than January 1, 2022, according to a European directive. By decree, in August 2021, the government provided for a postponement to January 1, 2023. The day after its publication, Emmanuel Macron finally decided to suspend it because “it was not the time to bother the French”. Instead, the Ministry of Transport announced alternative measures covering “the challenges of road safety, the fight against pollution and noise”, which Europe authorizes, to bypass the establishment of technical control.

But the Council of State, seized by associations, noted “the absence of effective implementation” of these measures. The judge in chambers even considered, in a decision rendered on Tuesday, that “a postponement of entry into force, for the oldest vehicles, beyond October 1, 2022, is not justified”. He thus confirms this date as the starting signal for the control of two-wheelers… until the next incident: the future government will still have levers to not put it in place, if it still wishes. “We can think that he will follow the decision of the judge in chambers. Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (the former Minister of Transport) having left, that could simplify things”, wants to believe Franck-Olivier Torro, spokesperson for the collective “Ras the scoot”.

On the other side, the French Federation of Angry Bikers (FFMC) is flabbergasted: “The FFMC has been in talks with the government for months to come to a decree which cancels the technical control for bikers. It was ready to be enacted. We worked with the State to put in place alternative measures which aim to reduce mortality, ”sighs Nadine Le Boedec, coordinator of the association in Morbihan.

What types of vehicles would be affected?

The European directive recalls that this extended technical inspection must concern all “two- or three-wheeled vehicles – vehicles of categories and sub-categories L3e, L4e, L5e and L7e, with a cylinder capacity greater than 125 cm3”. But the decree taken by France is “better bidder” since it introduces the whole category L and therefore the 50 cm3… of the Council of State”, abounds Karine Bonnet, general manager of the DEKRA Automotive SAS network.

What would be the first vintages to go there?

There, the answer is a little clearer: if we refer to the decree of August 2021, vehicles registered before January 1, 2016, should be the first to undergo the control, in 2023. Then would come, in 2024, those registered between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2020. In 2025, place at the first technical inspection for those registered in 2021 and, in 2026, for vehicles registered in 2022.

In which centers? At what price ? Which organs will be checked?

For the moment, the uncertainty is obvious. Karine Bonnet affirms that “nothing is established on the control points, the protocol, the material”, the decision of the Council of State having been experienced as a “surprise”. For Nadine Le Boedec, it is out of the question for controllers to touch two-wheelers: “A motorcycle is not like a car! The technical control centers do not know how to handle them”. To reduce the noise of certain backfiring two-wheelers, the current technical control existing for cars will undoubtedly have to be adapted because, for the time being, the noise level does not involve counter-visits in the event of a malfunction. The anomaly is simply notified to the driver… “On this point, we do not consider that technical inspection is the panacea, it is a good measure among others but which will not be enough in itself. It will require fixed and mobile sound radars, a ban on the sale of non-approved exhaust pipes, etc. recognizes Franck-Olivier Torro.

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