Campaign for bike-friendly barriers

A European standard for roadside safety barriers that help protect bikers as well as car motorists could be implemented next year, it has been said.

The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA) has been campaigning for impact tests on crash barriers to include motorcycles as well as cars.

After negotiating a deal with technicians from the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) in Brussels last month, the FEMA hopes the new standard tests will be brought into force next June.

The new safety test would introduce an additional lower barrier to prevent bikers colliding with support posts.

FEMA spokesman Hugo Roebroeck said that before the new standard could be implemented it must go through a final approval stage in June.

Mr Roebroeck added: "We've been campaigning for 20 years for this and we're very close to an outcome."

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