EC holds its fire on big bikes: Ministers postpone threatened ban
Tuesday 06 April 1993
The EC Commission had threatened to ban the sale of machines over 100bhp, saying that powerful motorcycles were dangerous. This threatened a range of machines, including the British-made Triumph and Italian Ducatis. Though a derogation could have been agreed, this would have harmed the prospects of the bikes against Japanese competitors.
Bikers had organised a mock funeral for the big machines yesterday as internal market ministers met in Luxemburg.
Despite Britain being outnumbered in an area where it does not have a veto, it is rare for EC ministers to gang up on one country. There was no vote on the proposal, which will be raised again in three months.
Britain had been confident of support from the European Parliament and two ways out of the dilemma are being considered. The EC could raise the threshold for exempting small production runs. Alternatively, any legislation may be given a five-year delay with a review before implementation.
The attempt to legislate reflects existing national rules rather than a campaign to exterminate the machines. France has a limit, and Germany has reached agreement with BMW.
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Auschwitz museum defends mist showers installed during heat wave after visitor complains they are reminiscent of gas chambers
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Nazi 'gold train': Fire engulfs suspected location of vehicle in Poland
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms
£26000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...
£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...