The FIM was represented at the 2016 edition of the ACEM (Motorcycle industry association for Europe) Conference in Brussels on 7 September, which saw the launch of the association’s new quality label for rider training courses. This initiative is the result of a partnership with DVR, the German insurance association, which has been quality assuring training schemes in Germany for some years. The first organisation to gain the new European accreditation is the KNMV, the national federation of the FIM in the Netherlands.
The FIM congratulates ACEM and DVR on the new initiative in rider training, and the KNMV on being the first to earn the label. More accreditations are expected soon. Details of the scheme can be found at the following address: https://www.dvr.de/download/acemdvr-flyer.pdf
ACEM also launched its new document "The safe ride to the future", which includes the commitment by the motorcycle industry to developing intelligent transport technologies for powered two wheelers in addition to current vehicle safety systems such as ABS braking and traction control.
Jesper Christensen, the FIM's Commission Director for Public Policy, joined the second of two discussion panels. He cited the value of the recent International Transport Forum report on motorcycling. Recalling the conference in Lillehammer, Norway, which started that process, he called for a "Lillehammer 2."
Veronique Feypell from the ITF responded that the ITF would look into this if other partners were as enthusiastic as the FIM. Joel Valmain, as Deputy Chair of the United Nations road safety forum, added that any new event should look at the needs of nations beyond Europe and cover those in the ITF as a whole, a point of view the FIM, as global advocate for motorcycling, naturally shares.