Motorcycles in sub-categories L3e-A2 and A3 are required to be fitted with an anti-lock braking system. Motorcycles in sub-category L3e-A1 (maximum continuous rated or net power ≤ 11 kW and power/weight ratio ≤ 0,1 kW/kg) may be equipped with either an anti-lock braking system or a combined braking system or both at the discretion of the manufacturer.
However, the European Commission must submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council in which the mandatory fitting of an anti-lock braking system and an optional combined braking system to motorcycles in sub-category L3-A1 is to be examined. The Commission has now assigned Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) with a study, which is meant to support the Commission in the preparation of that report.
The study is aimed at determining the relative effectiveness of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) compared to supplemental combined braking systems (CBS) in reducing the frequency and severity of collisions involving motorcycles in sub-category L3e-A1. Also, it should determine the cost-benefit relationship for the fitment of ABS and CBS, to motorcycles in L3e-A1, for society and motorcycle users. Based on the study, TRL is expected to propose possible amendments to Regulations and guidelines necessary to implement any change into law.
Manufacturers of electric L3e-A1 motorcycles who wish to obtain further details on the TRL study and the European Commission’s report or who wish to have an input into this research are invited to contact Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email [email protected]