From 2023, motorcycles will also have to pass the technical control every two years. One decree published Wednesday 11 August to Official newspaper implemented this security measure required by the European Union; long postponed, it is strongly contested by many bikers. “From 1er January 2023, motorized vehicles with two or three wheels and motor quadricycles [feront] subject to technical control ‘, reports the text.
This new technical control therefore concerns all two-wheelers, 50 cubic centimeters (cm3) and cars without a license included. This check must be carried out “Within six months preceding the expiration of a period of four years from the date of their first entry into circulation”, then “Renewed every two years”, or before any resale of the vehicle, as for cars.
Deadline for vintage vehicles
The control points have not been specified, but the visit must be made in an approved center. The first check will take place in 2023 for vehicles registered before 1er January 2016, in 2024 for vehicles registered between 2016 and 2020, and in 2025 for vehicles registered in 2021. For vintage vehicles, the period between two technical inspections is extended to five years, except in the event of resale.
A 2014 European directive provides for the implementation from 1er January 2022 of a technical inspection for two and three-wheel motorized vehicles with a cylinder capacity greater than 125 cm3, to fight against accidents and pollution. The European Parliament asked the Commission in April to extend this control to all motorized two-wheelers.
Most European countries already require a roadworthiness test for motorcycles, according to the Federation of European Motorcycle Associations. With the exception of Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands, which have adopted alternative measures to roadworthiness testing to improve the safety of bikers.
Wrath of bikers
France will therefore establish a year late this periodic check strongly contested by bikers. The government of Manuel Valls announced it in 2015 without putting it in place. In the spring, several thousand motorcyclists demonstrated across France against its implementation, demanding that the State waive this European directive.
“We are surprised to see this decree arrive in the middle of the summer”, reacted Jean-Marc Belotti, of the French Federation of angry motorcyclists. “It’s scandalous, it’s a real racket, we are not going to let go of the case”, he told Agence France-Presse.
“There is a real ignorance of the file by the French public authorities. Motorcycle accidents are constantly decreasing, it is not a road safety problem. It is a financial scandal arrived by Europe and the technical control groups. We were asking for alternative measures ”, continued Mr. Belotti.
“This control is modeled on the controls of the cars. A motorcycle is much more sensitive than a car, as soon as something goes wrong, you can tell it right away. The safety elements are visible on a two-wheeler, we know how to visually check ourselves. We don’t need a technician who takes 50 euros from us to tell us that our brakes are worn ”, underlined the representative of the bikers.
On the contrary, the Ras le Scoot association demanded in April the implementation of this technical control, emphasizing “That many motorcyclists modify their exhaust as well as safety elements such as mirrors, indicators, license plate”. According to the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory, 134 mopeds and 615 motorcyclists died on the roads of France in 2019.
Technical control was put in place for all cars in France in 1992, with a delay in other European countries, but with the support of the majority of motorists.