The FMI is the Italian motorcycling federation affiliated to the FIM. It is famous for being one of the most successful organisations in the history of motorcycle sports. Less well known outside Italy is the FMI’s rider training programme.
Italy is a country where the use of powered two wheelers (mopeds, scooters and motorcycles) is a major feature of everyday life. For example in the greater Rome area over 700,000 such vehicles are in use.
With ancient cities such as Rome, there is as much “city” under the ground as above it. This makes it difficult to extend public transport in the form of underground train networks. Additionally, the favourable climate makes using a two-wheeled vehicle an attractive option.
FMI training covers a wide range of activities. For example, it has been invited into schools, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
During the year the FMI also organises special “road shows” in partnership with the police, fire service and ambulances service. Students from several schools congregate at these events. The emergency services demonstrate the reality of road traffic collisions in a dramatic way.
The FMI has also taken on the task of training the government officials who administer the riding test.
Another aspect of this activity is vocational training, for example training of postal workers who ride small powered two wheelers with heavy loads of letters and parcels.
In order to deliver this broad range of services, the FMI has built up good relationships with several Italian ministries covering Education, Infrastructure and Public Works.
The large-scale use of powered two wheelers in Italy makes this work an important contribution to road safety on a day-to-day basis.