Conspicuity of Powered Two Wheelers (PTW)

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Eamonn Townsend

Conspicuity of Powered Two Wheelers (PTW)

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Tue Nov 07, 2000 12:00 am

The European Commission (EC) intends to initiate a research project on the conspicuity of PTWs. This was the subject of a preliminary meeting held on 12th October 2000 and organised by ACEM (European Motorcycle Manufacturers' Association). FEMA was present, other participants included experts from a number of research authorities and institues with motorcycle safety interests.

The outline of this project will be to identify what makes motorcycles less conspicuous and how they can be overlooked. When the causes been identified, potential devices or measures will be proposed and their effects measured with a methodology developed in the same project. The feasibility of implementing such measures will then be assessed in terms of acceptance by the market, reliability and costs. The final step will be to verify the cost-effectiveness of the proposed solutions and assess introduction schemes.

"Whilst FEMA is prepared to continue to cooperate in the project, we question the wisdom of it being conducted in isolation from the subject of daytime running lights for all vehicles and without considering the interests of other vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians)", said Bob Tomlins, Acting General Secretary. "We have to be careful that this initiative isn't highjacked by those safety nuts that would have us all riding around in floresent clothing with flashing lights on our helmets."

Submissions to run the project will be entered by the EC within three months. The Industry is foreseen to play a lead role in it and research institutes are also invited to participate.

Source: FEMA

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