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.