The Ministry of Transport told AFP Thursday, that at the request of President Emmanuel Macron, the new technical control of two-wheelers was “suspended until further notice,” just one day after the announcement of the system’s implementation.
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Unfortunately, the news had made representatives of the extreme right scream, and indignation could be seen reaching the state’s highest levels.
Following a meeting with Mr Macron on Thursday, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari agreed with the federations to meet again at the start of the school year to discuss widely the various subjects concerning them, a ministry spokesperson confirmed.
According to a source close to the investigation, President Macron said, “with the health crisis and the past, we asked a lot of people … it is not the time to annoy the French.”
This measure, made mandatory by European legislation and finally established after years of delays by decree on Wednesday for implementation in 2023, had sparked the ire of biker federations. Many far-right figures, including Marine Le Pen, Sébastien Chenu, and Julien Odoul, had also condemned the measure, calling it a “submission” to the European Union.
Contrôle technique obligatoire pour les deux-roues : le gouvernement se soumet – encore ! – à l’Union européenne en adoptant cette nouvelle contrainte et ce nouveau racket.
Que l’on fiche enfin la paix aux automobilistes et aux motards ! MLPhttps://t.co/Ue0ZVx9hZw
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) August 11, 2021
This new technical control was to apply to all motorized vehicles with two, three, or four wheels, as well as 50cm3 scooters and unlicensed cars. Several dozen checkpoints are mentioned in the European directive, including brakes, tires, lighting, and noise.
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Several thousand motorcyclists demonstrated across France in the spring of 2021 against the implementation of this technical control, urging the government to deviate from this European directive.