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Motorbike safety laws

MEPs have broadly backed new laws designed to improve the safety and environmental performance of motorbikes.

Speaking on 19 November 2012, the chair of the Internal Market Committee, Malcolm Harbour, said that motorbikes were likely to become much more popular in urban environments, contributing to "lower carbon transport".

The new laws, which have already been agreed with the Council of Ministers, will bring in more stringent safety requirements.

Motorbikes account for around 2% of traffic on EU roads, but are believed to be responsible for 16% of fatal accidents.

Under the new rules, anti-lock braking systems would have to be fitted to all "bigger" motorbikes - those over 125cc.

The new laws were passed by 643 votes to 16 during the daily voting session on 20 November 2012.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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