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No mandatory motorcycle inspections in France

The French decision to impose a mandatory technical inspection for motorcycles on 1 January 2023 is definitely buried, according to French motorcyclists’ organisation FFMC.

At the invitation of the Minister delegate in charge of transport, Clément Beaune (see picture), a working meeting was held on Tuesday 26 July 2022 at the ministry in the presence of the President of the FFM, Sébastien Poirier and the National Technical Director, Caroline Castillo, as well as for the FFMC, Didier Renoux, General Delegate and Céline Aubrun, Coordinator of the national FFMC office.

The wait was long, but it is here: the introduction of the periodical technical inspection for motorcycles is repealed. Understand that the decree of August 2021 imposing a mandatory technical inspection for powered two-wheelers from 1 January 2023 will not take place, because it is cancelled by a new decree. The decree “Removes the obligation of a technical inspection of motorised vehicles with two or three wheels and motorised quadricycles (categories L)”.

The FFMC (French Federation of Angry Bikers) and the FFM (French Motorcycling Federation) have been working for this victory for more than ten years.

The European directive of 2014 offers the possibility of derogating from the technical inspection for powered two-wheelers if measures promoting the road safety of powered two-wheelers have been adopted. Six alternatives had been sent to the European Commission, some of which have already been effective since this year.

  • Conversion bonus (up to €6,000 without income conditions) for the purchase of an electric two-wheeler (including the retrofitting of thermal motorcycles) or a very low-polluting one.
  • Installation of sound emission control radars and penalties for non-approved and/or tampered exhaust pipes.
  • Better communication on the safety of two-wheelers, particularly in terms of equipment.
  • Include the issues related to two and three wheels in the Departmental Road Safety Action Plans.
  • Integration of the issue of the safety of powered two-wheeler users when passing the B permit and adding a program on maintenance, eco-driving and noise when passing the A1 and A2 permits.
  • Reinforcement of the protection of users thanks to the signalling of blind spots on heavy vehicles.

Source:, FFM and FFMC

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