FIM President attends 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road safety in Stockholm
Over eighty Transport minister-led delegations, representatives from industry and research, international institutions, and NGOs, contributed knowledge, and commitment to change in road safety and sustainability. The conference was convened on 19th and 20th February.
1.35 million lives are lost in traffic every year.
FIM President Jorge Viegas also joined a meeting of the FIA High Level Panel, led by FIA President Jean Todt, on the 18th February. He explained that FIM can contribute owing to experience from racing, where the FIM has reduced accidents to an impressively low level.
He urged the insurance industry to take a greater responsibility to prevent deaths on the road by financing preventive measures, and working with other stakeholders.
Mr Viegas reported on the new International Motorcycle Foundation established by FIM.
This will contribute to reducing fatalities and injuries to motorcycle riders across the world. - Having strong partners (for example DORNA) supporting the new Foundation, indicated the commitment of the FIM to this work.
At a session on, “Powered Two Wheelers” delegates agreed that motorcycles and scooters will continue to be part of transport. They bring jobs, business opportunities, and welfare to communities.
FIM Executive Secretary International Affairs, John Chatterton-Ross, called for world-wide fitment of antilock brake systems to all motorcycles and scooters - with a design speed in excess of 50 kph, - by the motorcycle industry.
He reminded delegates that AHO (automatic headlights on technology) was developed in the 1970s in the USA. – It was still not fitted to all new motorcycles and scooters in 2020. Again; this was an issue that must be addressed by the motorcycle industry. Fitting AHO reduced the costs of manufacture as it eliminated the, “on-off” switch.
The importance of training was also debated. Attendance at this session of the conference exceeded the organisers expectations, the hall was packed with many delegates having to stand at the back and sides of the room. – It was best the attended session of the two days.
The conference endorsed the Stockholm Declaration where traffic safety and the Global Sustainability Goals 2030 are harmonised.
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