Brussels plans to introduce new rules to standardise vehicle testing in the EU.
More than one in five people die on Europe’s roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure.
As well as introducing new and improved roadworthiness tests for motorbikes and scooters, the new rules have increased the frequency of periodic roadworthiness tests for old vehicles.
Benoît Godart, Spokesman for the Belgian Institute for Road Safety, said: “The technical state of the motorbike only occurs in less than 1 of the accidents, however we know that in 43 percent of accidents the motorcyclist is the only one involved and we also know that in a majority of accidents, it is the motorist who doesn’t see the motorcyclist.”
The new proposals hope to save more than 1000 lives a year and avoid nearly 40,000 accidents linked to technical failure.