22 Mar 2012 - Members' workshop: Progressive Access to Motorcycling - Brussels (Belgium)

New system for access to driving the most powerful motorcycles: training or testing?

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With a risk of death 20 times higher than when behind the wheel of a car, driving a motorcycle is a particularly hazardous activity, whether in town or on the open road.

During preliminary work for the elaboration of the 3rd Driving Licence Directive n° 2006/126 of 20th December 2006, Member States unanimously decided to further strengthen the principle of progressive access to the categories of two-wheeled motor vehicles, a principle introduced by the previous Driving Licence Directive of 29th July 1991.

According to the observations of all Member States, the system put in place at that time has proved to be less than persuasive: motorcycle driving licence candidates – the large majority of them novices – simply waited until they were 21 before directly accessing the most powerful motorbikes, even though the risk incurred is at its height on this type of machine.

The European Commission is particularly exercised by this issue, and has placed emphasis on improving the safety of two-wheeled motor vehicle users under its Road Safety Programme for the period 2011-2020.

Two options are offered by the 3rd Directive as part of the introduction of a system consisting of 3 categories of motorcycle driving licence (A1, A2 and A): either the requirement to pass practical tests for each category or the implementation of a minimum of 7 hours training under conditions set out in Annex VI of the Directive.

We therefore need to gain an accurate picture of the current situation within the European Union and to identify the provisions to be put in place by Member States as of 19th July 2013.

In this regard, it will be of benefit to draw lessons from the content of practical tests (whether different or adapted according to category) and from the content of the 7 hours training for those States having opted for this formula.

Please note that this is a members-only event. If you require any further information, please feel free to contact us at info@cieca.be.

  • Agenda
  • Fee: The event is free-of-charge.
  • Location: Sheraton Brussels Hotel (see information for participants).
  • Accommodation: Please note that workshop participants are responsible for making their room reservation. Please download the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre reservation form (in pdf).
  • Deadline: The deadline for hotel registrations is Monday 5 March 2012. Please note that we cannot guarantee room availability / rate after this date!
  • Working language: The working language will be English. Additional background reading material will be provided online closer to the event.