EU | Automotive Regulatory

Postponement of Euro 5 for motorcycles until 2022

EU decided to give motorcycles one more year to comply with the Euro 5 emission standard

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament decided to endorse the European Commission’s proposal adapting the rules on end-of-series vehicles in EU Regulation 168/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles.  This means that motorcycle dealers and companies across Europe will have the possibility to sell their stock of Euro 4 vehicles until 31 December 2021.

Under EU type-approval rules for motorcycles, all Euro 4 motorcycles needed to be registered before the entry into force of the environmental Euro 5 emission standard on 1 January 2021. This requirement was impossible to achieve due to the drop on sales caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the proposal will cover only the vehicles that were in stock when national lockdowns were introduced across the EU.

It is important to emphasize that the amendment to the end-of-series provisions in EU Regulation 168/2013 will not affect the original timeline foreseen for the application of the Euro 5 standard (1 January 2021) for existing moped and motorcycle models type-approved before the 1 January 2020.

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