Back in June of 2007, the powers-that-be in Europe officially introduced EURO 5 emissions regulations (.pdf link
), and these standards are being phased into effect this year and next. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as mopeds, scooters and motorcycles
, were not included in these requirements. As of today, all cycles sold in Europe must meet the less-stringent EURO 3 standards. That's all set to change, as the European Commission and the Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM
) has issued a proposal to the motorcycle industry that would slowly migrate cycles through the EURO 4 requirements in 2012 and up to EURO 5 in 2015.
According to the ACEM, moving from EURO 3 to EURO 5 will reduce overall motorcycle emissions by around 50 percent. EURO 5 standards for motorcycles would match those of passenger cars. These proposals would cover the motorcycle industry through 2020, at which point it is presumed that even more stringent regulations would be drafted.