Riding on the crest of EU regulation
Motorbikes are going to have to meet tough new standards for safety and the environment under plans announced by the European Commission today.
Among the proposals is the requirement for bikes to have automatic braking systems.
And they will have to be fitted with equipment to turn the headlight on automatically whenever the bike is being ridden.
New limits for toxic emissions are also to be introduced under the proposals.
There is concern that while the number of accidents involving other means of private vehicles is slowly decreasing, there has been no significant fall in motorcycle crashes.
The move will also, hopefully, simplify legislation in this area. Currently there are 15 different EU directives governing safety and environmental standards. Under the proposals they would become five regulations.
Worth thinking about as you drive in the sunset tonight.