Motorcycle trailers: Spain to the Court

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Eamonn Townsend

Motorcycle trailers: Spain to the Court

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Thu Nov 09, 2000 12:00 am

The European Commission (EC) has decided to bring Spain before the Court of Justice because it considers that the absolute ban which that country has imposed on motorcycles towing trailers is an unjustifiable barrier to the free movement of goods and persons between Member States.

The EC, while sharing the Spanish authorities' concern for road safety, which was cited as justification for the ban, considers that road safety can be achieved by measures which are less trade-restrictive. For example, other Member States impose maximum speed limits on motorcycles with trailers or set maximum trailer dimensions or weight limits on the load which the trailers may carry.

FEMA's note: "After Denmark, where the "trailer" ban was lifted in June 1998 thanks to the efforts of FEMA and action from the European Union, Spain is the only country imposing this ban to motorcyclists, Spanish or foreigners. This causes a lot of problems for many touring motorcyclists with trailers who are travelling between southern countries, all which allow trailer use."

For more information about the court case, please contact:
Carlos Gimeno Verdejo, MARKT D-2
Tel: +32 (0)2 295 8759, Fax: +32 (0)2 299 3098

Source: Newsletter of the Internal Market DG
"Single Market News" no.23 - October 2000

Federation of European
Motorcyclists' Associations
62 rue des champs
1040 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 2 736 90 47
Fax: +32 2 736 94 01

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