IMMA and ACEM organise joint Spring Congress in Berlin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) organised a joint Spring Congress in Berlin, from 3 to 7 April 2017. The event, attended by some 200 delegates, included senior industry leaders from Europe, India, Japan, South East Asia, and North and South America.

As part of the series of meetings during the Congress, IMMA and ACEM organised the first world motorcycle industry conference, titled “The Ride to the Future – the Global Motorcycle Industries’ Contribution to Sustainable Mobility”.

Moderated by ACEM’s Secretary General Antonio Perlot, the discussions addressed a wide range of issues such as challenges and opportunities for motorcycling in urban areas, recent developments in the fields of sustainability and road safety, and the need for further harmonisation of technical regulations at global level. Keynote speeches were given by IMMA and ACEM President Mr Stephan Schaller, Mr Andi Hartanto, Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries, Mr Jean Todt, UN Secretary General Special Envoy on Road Safety and Prof. Fred Wegman (Chairman of International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group, IRTAD).

There were further contributions during the discussion panel by renowned policy experts and representatives of civil society organisations: Stefano Ammirati (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, FIA), Edwin Bastiaensen (Secretary General of IMMA), Antonio Erario (Italian Ministry of Transport, Chairman World Forum for Vehicle Regulations WP.29 under UNECE), Vito Ippolito (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, FIM), Hannes Jaenicke (actor, author and motorcycle rider), Angel Lopez (Barcelona’s City Council), Dr. Margie Peden (World Health Organization).

Election of IMMA Vice President

The IMMA General Assembly appointed a Vice-President: Mr Johannes Loman, who currently serves as Executive Vice President Director of PT Astra Honda Motor, President of FAMI and AISI, Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries and Indonesian Motorcycle Industries Association.
The Vice President will assist the current President of the association, Mr Stephan Schaller, who is currently also President of BMW Motorrad and ACEM.

Change of leadership in IMMA-member ACEM

The ACEM General Assembly appointed Mr Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, as President of the association as of 1 July 2017. Mr Pierer will succeed Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who will start serving as Vice-President of ACEM on the same date. The association will also have a new Vice-President: Mr Michele Colaninno, who is member of Piaggio’s board of directors as well as CEO and COO of the Immsi Group.

Film by Malaysian Institute of Road Safety awarded at the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) wins the best film award in the category Safe Motorcycle Riding at the Global Safety Film Festival, taking place on 20-21 February 2017. The short film, titled ‘The Suitable and Right Helmet’ was co-produced by Ministry of Education (MOE) and The Road Safety Department (JKJR).

IMMA’s Secretary General, Edwin Bastiaensen, handed the award, sponsored by IMMA to the Hon. Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister of Malaysia, emphasizing the global motorcycle industry’s commitment to road safety and the need for an inclusive PTW policy framework addressing human, infrastructure and vehicle issues. He handed over a copy of IMMA’s road safety white paper which contains a selection of more than 70 best practices to improve motorcycle safety.

“We are committed to reduce road accidents in Malaysia and receiving this award is an honor for Ministry of Transport (MOT),” said Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi. He also congratulated everyone who have worked hard to produce the short film.

The Global Road Safety Film Festival aims to convey powerful and important messages among public, by raising awareness through creating a road safety culture. The 2017 Film Festival edition took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It was held in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). The ITC is the highest transport policy-making body in The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The festival collected 232 films from countries across the globe including countries such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, The Dominican Republic, Malaysia, China and Tunisia. While all films were required to have English subtitles many are in the language of the country of origin. This makes them perfect teaching and awareness raising tools for road safety campaigns.

The festival was overseen by a high-level jury including Jury President Jean Todt, UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, filmmaker writer producer Luc Besson, Actress Michelle Yeoh, and Actor Jean Reno.

The grand prize was won by We Save Lives, an NGO based in US. The short film, titled Reflections from Inside Dawn, focuses on drink driving and distracted driving.

Conference Safety of Powered Two Wheelers and Vulnerable Road Users, Faridabad, Delhi, India

Thursday, December 1, 2016

From 28 to 30 November 2017, the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) organized, in collaboration with the Road Safety Forum (WP.1) under United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) the second Conference on Powered Two Wheelers (PTW) Safety, with a special focus on South East Asia.

The organizers of the conference aim at sharing experiences among South-East Asian countries where the use of powered two-wheelers is relatively high and identify and promote best practices, standards and strategies, to reduce number of PTW crashes and mitigate their impacts.

The event was well attended with various high level policy making experts and policy researchers from various countries in the South-Asian region as well as from global institutions as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and World Health Organization.

IMMA Secretary General Edwin Bastiaensen gave a keynote presentation emphasizing the principle of shared responsibility to reduce the number and severity of motorcycle crashes and emphasized the importance and need for motorcycle-inclusive mobility policies, at all levels. Mr Harjeet Singh, Chairman of the Two-Wheeler Technical Committee of IMMA-member SIAM, illustrated accelerated safety and environmental technology developments and fitment on vehicles as part of the industry road-map in India.

About 80% of the worlds PTW’s are in Asia, of which 80% are in South-East Asia. From the many lessons exchanged at the conference, delegates strongly agreed on the need to continue to study cross-cutting PTW operational issues in the region and incorporate PTW safety at planning, design and operation levels of road infrastructures, through engineering, behavioral measures and enforcement.

Adoption of two new motorcycle global regulations at the 170th session of the World Forum WP.29

Thursday, November 17, 2016

At the 170th meeting of the United Nations’ World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), two new global technical regulations (GTR) were adopted concerning the environmental performance of two- and three-wheeled vehicles.

As a way to help improve air quality internationally, the Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement had determined in 2012 that harmonization work should be undertaken to address the environmental performance requirements from two- and three-wheeled vehicles. A dedicated ad-hoc group of experts was set up to tackle various environmental issues: the Informal Group EPPR. Various meetings were organized, under the leadership of the European Commission, in Europe, Japan, India and United States leading to the delivery of these two new global technical regulations.

The first global technical regulation concerns the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles equipped with a combustion engine with regard to their crankcase and evaporative emissions. The second one concerns the measurement procedure with regard to on-board diagnostics of motorcycles.

The aim of these regulations is to provide measures to strengthen the world-harmonization of vehicle approval and certification legislation, to improve the cost effectiveness of environmental performance testing, remove trade barriers, reduce overall complexity of legislation, remove potential areas of conflict or opposing requirements and improve the air quality world-wide. IMMA, engaged from the beginning of the process, provided continuous expert technical support secretariat services for the informal group.

The Chairman of IMMA’s Subcommittee on Environment Mr. Makoto Wakimura said: "The adoption of these two new GTR’s by 15 Contracting Parties, including the major markets Europe, India, Japan, China and United States, is a major milestone for the industry. We will continue to strongly support the Informal Group EPPR to pursue the updating and development of harmonized technical regulations".

The next EPPR related gatherings will be held in Geneva on 13-14 December (including industry OBD II workshop), on 9 January 2017 prior to GRPE, and in Japan from 14-16 March 2017, addressing the review of World Motorcycle Emission Test Cycle and addressing advanced requirements for OBD-systems on powered two and three-wheeled vehicles.