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Pledge to make road bikes safer

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Three quarters of all road bikes should feature advanced braking systems and be 50% cleaner by 2015, according to an influential European motorcycle industry group.

In a drive to increase motorcycle safety and cut down on accidents, which can often result in costly bike insurance claims, ACEM has extended its pledge to fit advanced braking systems to 50% of street bikes by 2010.

The group, which represents the motorcycle industry in Europe, also said it would commit to making motorcycles and scooters cleaner.

By 2012, ACEM wants to see a new EURO 4 stage for motorcycles introduced, with a EURO 3 for scooters within the same time frame. An even cleaner EURO 5 stage should be introduced in 2015 which will reduce current motorcycle polluting emissions by 50%.

Stefan Pierer, president of ACEM, commented: "The top priority is to protect businesses and jobs from the worst effects of the current financial crisis.

"However, I am confident that there will also be opportunities for the industry, in particular in the mid-term if supportive actions are undertaken towards the sector at national and EU level, in support of fleet renewal and development of innovative products."

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