On 29th May 2019 the Stop the Crash! campaign made its first visit to Africa. The famous Kyalami race track was the venue for demonstrations of both car and motorcycle safety technologies. The aim of the campaign is to persuade more countries to adopt regulations to secure these benefits for their citizens.
FIM was represented by Marco Comana, President of FIM Africa. He was accompanied by John Chatterton-Ross, Executive Secretary International Affairs.
For the motorcycle anti-lock braking demonstration, a large motorcycle was used on this occasion. Engineers from Bosch (one of the partners in this campaign) explained the benefits of this technology for motorcycles and scooters of all engine capacities. The practical demonstrations were preceded by a morning conference held in the Niki Lauda conference room at Kyalami. South African government officials, and the media, had the opportunity to debate the issues with experts from Global NCAP (which promotes this campaign) and the local organisers of this demonstration the Automobile Association of South Africa.
Commenting on the campaign for FIM John Chatterton-Ross said: “FIM has supported this work since the campaign was launched in Brazil at the mid term of the current United Nations Decade of Action. We have been present at events in Malaysia, Thailand, China, and Argentina. – It is great that this campaign has now reached Africa as well. It is FIM policy to continue to advocate for the wider adoption of anti-lock braking on motorcycles small and large. Also, for the universal adoption of automatic headlights-on. – Another technology that has been used for years in the developed world but is still not seen in many middle and low-income countries.”