On Thursday 16 June 2011, the CEN technical committe on road equipment (TC 226) held its annual meeting in Stockholm to discuss the EN 1317-8 for motorcycle prorection. Contrary to expectations, the Commitee finally decided not to approve the draft Part 8 as a European standard opting instead for a Technical Specification. Out of the 14 countries present, nine voted againt (United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and Ireland) and five in favour ( France, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Portugal, and Spain). In practice, this means that the application of the Part-8 will be done on a voluntary basis. It is widely expected that the matter will be revisited in the coming years.